Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that students from the University of Greenwich spent heavily on library fines for the 2016-17 academic year. Students spent a total of £79,771! This figure is above average for values seen at UK institutions. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £3.80 per student.
The figure of £79,771 – unbelievably only relates to overdue items! Other fines such as those related to lost/damaged resources, haven’t been included. This means the total amount could actually be substantially higher. This amount will certainly come as a disappointment for students. London features very high living costs, and this additional cost is something that we could do without.
Some University’s don’t fine students for being overdue with books, instead banning them temporarily. 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, or even a switch to the banning system successfully implemented at the University of Westminster. This figure could prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines. At least our library is in good health…