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 Anglia Ruskin University, where it was revealed students spent £16,686.24 on library fines during the 2016-17 academic year. This figure is below the average amount seen at UK institutions. Putting this figure into perspective – with around 21,000 students at Anglia Ruskin, this equates to a spend of approximately £0.79 per student. It is worth noting that this figure purely takes into account fines for overdue items. Other fines, such as those for lost or damaged books/resources, have not been considered.
This figure will come as a disappointment for students. While the University experience is full of fun moments, with the cost of education at an all-time high, this additional cost isn’t useful for students. It should be noted that not all University’s adopt a fine system – with the University of Westminster an example of an institution that instead temporarily bans students from taking out books.
A banning system not only doesn’t affect the finances of a student, but also offers a strong deterrent. Students are less likely to let books run over their return date if it would affect their chances of getting further books. After all, after spending thousands on tuition fees, it could be argued that spending a few pounds in return for keeping a library book a few extra days is worthwhile.
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Students are urged to return their library books on time – in order to avoid the scale of fines we’ve seen emanate from the 2016-17 academic year. There is no denying how frustrating it is when the book you have reserved hasn’t been returned on time, but the library fine system is clearly not working. Lower fines, or a switch to the before-mentioned banning process could be recommended. Figures seen at UK institutions is likely to prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines.