University of Sheffield to scrap library fines!By Editor
Are you a student of the University of Sheffield? Do you often take books out of the library? Are you flippant when it comes to timekeeping?
Well, it seems that being a carefree sloth has paid off, because the institution has decided to waiver fines for the foreseeable future.
According to the university they have done this in order to 'make the loan system fairer and more efficient for students' and comes after the NUS said the current UK system was unjust, seeing that at some schools one cannot graduate until fees are paid.
The new system will work by allowing the books to be kept until another person wants them. After that the student will have two days to return said books.
Assistant Director of Library Customer Relations, Alison Little said: “We know our students hate receiving fines, and we’re not keen on giving them either.
“This innovative move will help to make our award-winning the University Library even more welcoming and user friendly for all students. We hope that our new system will also help to efficiently manage the lending of core text books which are in high demand.
“The system is based on the trust that students will bring the books back when someone else requires them and it has already generated positive feedback from students.”
The university has won awards before relating to its library and Yael Shafritz, President of the University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union, believes that this new initiative will help bolster its reputation.
He said: "Scrapping library fines will create a culture based on trust, as opposed to financial circumstance; we think this is a really positive move."
Recently, the university was named the best for student experience and if you would like to read our recent profile, click here.