Figures obtained by UniEel have revealed huge fines being spent at University’s across the United Kingdom at library’s. Part of our ongoing study focused on Liverpool John Moores University, where it was found there was an exception to the rule! Students spent nothing on library fines for overdue items, owing to a new system implemented by the library for the 2016-17 academic year. This figure is of course well below the average value seen across UK institutions, which in some cases topped £150,000! This is great news for students at LJMU, who have benefited from the library’s new system.
From the 2016-17 academic year, the library announced a switch to a banning system. Previously, student’s had been fined for overdue items or lost/damaged resources. This system clearly isn’t working at University’s across the United Kingdom, especially with the cost of education at an all-time high. The banning system clearly operates as a sufficient deterrent.
The University of Westminster is an example of an institution that has long operated a banning system. Furthermore, it is often unclear where the money gained from library fines ends up. The University doesn’t include printing costs in the library in the tuition fee – one of several things we expected!
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Students are urged to return their library books on time – in order to avoid bans. But in any case, at least students at LJMU won’t have to spend money for not returning books on time. In the wider picture of fines at UK institutions, there is much worth considering. Lower fines, or a switch to the before-mentioned banning process could be recommended for institutions across the UK. Figures seen at UK institutions is likely to prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines.