Figures obtained by UniEel have revealed huge fines being spent at University’s across the United Kingdom at library’s. However, the University of Southampton is one of the exceptions to the rule. The University’s library doesn’t charge fines for overdue items, instead opting to block users from loaning other items temporarily. This meant students spent nothing on library fines. With fines sometimes totalling over £100,000 at other UK institutions, the system adopted by Southampton can be applauded.
In an age where education is at an unprecedented high for cost, having to spend money on library fines is disappointing for students. While University does usually provide a fun experience, this additional cost can be frustrating. Southampton isn’t the only University to adopt a banning system – with the University of Westminster an example of an institution that has ran this system successfully for many years.
Sometimes student’s could argue that a monetary fine is worth it due to the additional time spent with a book. Yet a ban severely affects them for future assignments/exams. It is often unclear where the money gained from library fines ends up too, which can be another source of distress.
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Students across 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 overall library fine system is clearly not working. Fortunately, Southampton adopts a better system – one that should be replicated throughout UK institutions. Figures seen at UK institutions is likely to prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines.