Answered By: Sharon Nangle Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015 Views: 62
Thank you for completing a "You said, We did" card recently, suggesting we provide more opportunities for students to donate their Library fines to charity.
The Library currently offers two days when fines paid are donated to charity:
- Semester 1 - a day's worth of fines to Book Aid International, this year in November;
- Semester 2 - a day's worth of fines go to the Rag Week Campaign.
I agree that it would be great if we could do this more often, however the money raised from fines goes towards the operational costs of the Library, and as such contributes to the purchase of books, journals and equipment. The rationale behind this is that the late return of books causes inconvenience to those who might be waiting to use these books, so the money raised from fines should be used to buy additional materials to benefit Library users.
Our experience shows that two days' worth of fines income going to charity has a bearable impact upon our budget, but any additional days would create problems for the operational budget of the Library. You can find out more about our Charity Policy on our website.
We always provide lots of publicity in advance of the two days to try to ensure we raise as much money as we can.
Thanks again for your comments.
Academic Liaison Librarian