NI universities receive £400,000 in library fines

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s universities generated more than £400,000 in student library fines over the last five years, the BBC has learned. Figures show that Ulster University and Queen’s University in Belfast amassed a total of £423,000 since 2013 …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 August]

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This is how much Trinity College made in student fines since 2011

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College in Dublin has racked up over €900,000 in student fines since 2011. UCD and UCC took in almost €400,000 in the same period, while DCU collected almost 300,000 …” (more)

[, 3 January]

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Trinity students pay nearly €600,000 in library fines as USI voices concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has voiced concern that rising library fines are potentially being used by universities as a ‘money making mechanism’. Figures obtained by The Herald under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that students paid a total of €2,786,930 in library fines over a five year period …” (more)

[Daire O’Driscoll, Trinity News, 30 December]

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Library owed 67k in unpaid fines, TCD confirms

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“College is owed €67,920.91 in library fines, Trevor Peare, head of Readers’ Services, has confirmed. The figure was cited in a recent Irish Independent investigation …” (more)

[Clare Droney, Trinity News, 25 January]

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Sheffield University abolishes library fines for students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2014 by steve

UK“A university has scrapped fines for overdue library books, marking another step in the move towards students being seen as consumers and customers as well as scholars. Until recently an unpaid library fine was sufficient to stop a student from graduating from many universities …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 28 October]

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What’s the point of library fines?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2009 by steve

UK“Cambridge University has just announced a dramatic decrease in the money paid in library fines at the University Library. The amount paid by students, they say, went down from £27,635 in 2006-7, to £20,503 in 2007-8. This is said to be ‘good news’ and the reason is the new automated renewal system: you now get an email telling you that the book is about to become overdue and you can renew it online. You don’t even have to set foot in the library. That still didn’t stop some eager students of the ancient world being caught out …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A don’s life, 17 April]

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