May 16, 2022

UK: Universities Collected £50m in Library Fines, Figures Show

From The Guardian:

Universities have raised almost £50m [approx. $77.15 million USD] from fining students for overdue library books in the past six years.

Leeds University accrued the most money from overdue books, collecting more than £1.8m in fines for the six academic years from 2004/05.

Manchester University, which collected almost £1.3m, came in second place while the University of Wolverhampton was third with fines totalling £1.25m.


With fines as little as 10p for each day a book is overdue, it shows that students are returning thousands of books late each year. But many are never returned – more than 300,000 university library books remain unaccounted for.

Read the Complete Article Including:

  • Top 10 universities raising the most in library fines
  • The top 10 universities with the most unaccounted for library books
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