All's not fine: UoM students penalised £37k in library fines last year
Last academic year, The University of Manchester gained an extra £37,302 through library fines.
The same stats show that from 2017 to 2018, the university's library fines were at £25,347. This shows a 47% increase in students being fined over one year.
However, these statistics do not show the worst. Shockingly, in 2012, the university's John Ryland Library fined students £73,791 in one semester alone!
The question is: are students getting better at handing in books, or are the rules more lenient than almost a decade ago?
Students are fined when they return library books or resources late. In some cases, students will be fined if their items are not returned after other library users have asked for them.
Students are typically fined 50p for every hour they do not return a book to the library's High Demand section, excluding weekends. Also, students are fined £20 for every book they never give back.
Article 12 of the Library Regulations states that users who don't pay fines may be temporarily or permanently excluded from using the Library’s services. Additionally, the Librarian also fines library rule breakers up to £500 according to the seriousness of their offence.
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Also, Article 13 explains that graduate students may not receive their assessment results if they do not return the items they borrowed from the Library, or fail to pay for all of their outstanding fines or charges. This means that at worst, a student will not graduate if they can't receive their degree classification.
This news comes out months after it was revealed that students from the University's School of Arts, Languages and Cultures with overdue library books cannot access their exam results.
However, a UoM Library spokesperson said otherwise in a statement to The Mancunion, claiming that students can still graduate if they don't pay their fines, or return their books.
Overall, the Library encourages students to return books and pay fines before graduation. This helps the UoM library provide future students with an "outstanding" learning experience.