Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015     Views: 105


Thanks for your questions and I've answered each in turn below:

  1. Over the last five years, the Library  has on average taken in £75,000 each year in fines for the late return of books.  We expect the figure to fall significantly this year with the changes we are making to the loan periods for some of our most heavily used books.   If everyone brings their books back to the Library on time, this figure will drop to zero and students will have much better access to their key texts.
  2. We are not able to provide a figure for the largest fine paid.  All the fines paid on any one day at the Library Helpdesk are lumped together into one amount before being recorded in the University accounts.  We do not record the individual payments separately.
  3. The money from fines is used to support a variety of Library activities including the purchase of more print and electronic copies of key undergraduate texts.  The Library has set aside £50k this year to purchase more copies of books in high demand and £30k for titles recommended for purchase by our students.  These funds are provided in addition to our regular funds made available for the purchase of books.

I hope this helps but if you need any further information, do please get back to us.

Best wishes

Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director

February 2015

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