Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that Aston University students spent considerably on library fines during the 2016-17 academic year. The total spent on overdue books and laptops were £23,975.21. This figure is below the average for library fines seen at UK institutions. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £1.50 per student. This figure purely relates to overdue items – other fines such as those related to lost/damaged resources, haven’t been included.
This amount will come as a disappointment for students. While Aston University continuously secures high student satisfaction rates, and is well-renowned as a great place to be a student, this additional cost will be a source of frustration for students.
It should also be noted the University library makes a substantial profit on areas such as printing – something that isn’t included in tuition fees, unexpectedly. Students are urged to return items before their due date, which can help to lower the figure witnessed for the 2016-2017 academic year.
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It is worth reminding again that this figure didn’t take into account other costs, mentioned earlier, like lost or damaged resources. All this after student’s pay thousands of pounds in tuition fees each year. While it can be both annoying and unfair when someone doesn’t return their book in time, it could be argued a lower fine is fairer on students. This figure could prompt a discussion regarding the fairness of library fines.