Figures obtained by UniEel have revealed huge fines being spent at University’s across the United Kingdom at library’s. At the London School of Economics (LSE) however, student’s continue to benefit from the 2014 decision to abolish library fines. Therefore, for overdue items, students spent £0 during the 2016-17 academic year, therefore yielding an average spend of £0 per student. Having witnessed severe fines levied at other UK institution’s, it appears to be a good time to be an LSE student!
In an age where education is at an unprecedented high for cost, having to spend money on library fines is disappointing. We can fortunately add this to the list of reasons of why we love studying at LSE. As this article shows, we have plenty to do here! LSE isn’t the only University to not issue library fines – with the University of Westminster an example of an institution that has had a long-standing system of temporarily banning students from taking out books. This surely offers more of a deterrent than the library fine system which is adopted by countless institution’s. It is often unclear too where the money gained from library fines ends up.
Students around the United Kingdom are urged to return their library books on time – in order to avoid the level of fines we’ve witnessed courtesy of the 2016-17 academic year. While it is undoubtedly annoying when you have reserved a book, only for it not to have been returned, the library fine system is clearly not working. But at least at LSE, this is an issue we don’t have to deal with! Yet figures seen at UK institutions is likely to prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines.
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