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Library fines scrapped after student feedback

Library fines have been abolished for a large proportion of books

The library has introduced a new loans and returns policy for books taken from the long term and popular loan sections.

The new policy means that students who take books out from the library from the “long term” or “popular -loan” areas of the library will no longer face fines , instead the libiary will “auto-renew” the book. However fines remain in place for books within the short term loan area and if any book is requested by another student and not returned in the appropriate time period given.

Library-entrance
Credit:University of Stirling

Students are overwhelmingly in support of the new policy.

Kyle Bartlet a third year criminology student described the new policy as “a good thing” because “it allows those students who work or are single parents, to not have to make the journey in (to university) for small reasons.”

Amber Thomson , a third year criminology student said it was “for the best” because it “relieves a stress for students who already have enough to focus on and forget to take them back”.

Chris, a first year psychology student said he had previously “had concerns” about taking books from the library over fears of getting a fine, explaining that “some of my books for the modules are not online , so i have came in at 8am before just to put a book back to avoid a fine and that has not been good since i commute to campus” therefore he was “very excited” by the announcement

VP Education Amy Smith said ” I am pleased that Information Services have removed library fines for most books due to student feedback, and I’m sure that the new auto-renewal system will be really helpful in relieving the pressure to hand books back when they have not been requested by any other students. It’s always great to see the impact that our student voice can have across the campus to improve our time here at Stirling.”

“Fines will remain for short-loan books which are not returned in time and for unreturned books which are requested by other students. This decision was also made according to student feedback as some students were concerned that if they needed a specific book which was in high demand (as our short-loaned books are) then there would be no incentive for students to give the books back for others in the class to use.”

Smith admitted that the new system is “slightly more complex” than it was previously but describes it as ” a really positive step” that will “save students money and relieve some of their stress.”

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