Universities cashing in on library fines

Universities across the UK have collected almost £50m from fining students for overdue library books in the past six years, the Guardian reports.

Some of the top universities, who have accrued the most money from overdue books, include Leeds University, Manchester University and the University of Wolverhampton. Exact figures for the top ten fine raising universities are as follows:

University of Leeds – £1,869,340

University of Manchester – £1,299,342

University of Wolverhampton – £1,252,253

King’s College London – £1,197,715

University of Hertfordshire – £1,147,238

University of Birmingham – £1,114,863

University of Plymouth – £1,058,777

University of Nottingham – £1,025,560

Kingston University – £1,020,753

University of Durham – £1,005,426

With university library fines as little as 10p for each day a book is overdue, it demonstrates the growing tendency for students to return books library books late. Worse still, many books are never returned – more than 300,000 university library books remain unaccounted for.

Some of the worst offenders include Bucks New University, Oxford University and the University of Kent. The top 10 universities with the most unaccounted for library books were:

Bucks New University – 30,540

University of Oxford – 20,923

University of Kent – 19,613

University of Sunderland – 17,650

University of Teesside – 15,815

Brunel University – 10,992

London South Bank – 9,725

London South Bank University – 9,725

University of Greenwich – 8,580

Southampton Solent University – 6,126

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