SOAS University of London

Library fines

Disclosure date: 13 December 2011

Reference: FOI2011/099


1) The amount of money obtained by SOAS in fines for overdue
library books in the following academic years: 2006/07, 2007/08,
2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11.

2) The current levels of fines charged for overdue library books. If
those levels have changed over the five academic years mentioned in
point 1, I would also like to know the levels of fines which were
previously charged, from 2006/07 onwards.

3) A general outline of what SOAS typically spends that money on.


1) 2006/07 - £76526.81
2007/08 - £69528.30
2008/09 - £64786.44
2009/10 - £62725.69
2010/11 - £61653.72

2) Long Loans (2 weeks/1 month/3 months) 25p per day, One Week Loans 75p per day, CDs 50p per day, Overnight Loans (including DVDs) 50p per hour (or any part thereof).  

The fines have not changed over this period.

3) The money is treated by the School as income and is coded to the Library budget.  In some cases the fines relate to lost books and the income is used to replace them.  Other income is used to improve Library services, to purchase additional Library materials such as books or to invest in other facilities for Library users.