Revealed: How Much Did Imperial College London Students Spend on Library Fines?


Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that Imperial College London students were very well-behaved in the 2016-17 academic year in terms of returning library books on time. Students spent just £2,849.00 in library fines for the entire year. This figure is well, well below the average figure for library fines at UK institutions. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £0.17 per student. This figure purely relates to overdue items – other fines such as those related to lost/damaged resources, haven’t been included.


The University library is a popular building for students


This amount could yet be disappointing for students. While Imperial College is well-known for offering a great student experience, this additional cost can be frustrating! There has been considerable discussion in the media in recent weeks regarding the hidden costs of University. Library fines appear to be one of these hidden costs – with many incurring them.




It should also be noted the University library makes a substantial income 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.






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 £9,000 a 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 discussion regarding the fairness of library fines.





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