October 26, 2004

I hate the library

Take out a three day loan on Friday and it’s already due back Monday, try to renew it 2 hours after it was due back and discover than a twenty pence fine has already been accrued. Fair enough. Knew the rules from the start.

But it seems a rather draconian way to have a stick but no carrot. Seeing how BlogBuilder automatically sends an email every time a comment is posted, surely it can not be that difficult to send an automated reminder, say three hours before closing time, on the last day a book is due is back?

Even Robert Peel, a ghastly Tory, recognised that there was no force without accompanying conciliation. It seems that the full potential of technology and the wonderful Warwick website is being wasted in favour of revenue raising. Perhaps we’re meant to learn the ways of the real world at university but that is a convenient excuse to hide behind for lack of improvement.


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  1. Why don't you put this up as a suggestion on the Library's "You Say, We Say" board – that way it'll definitely reach their attention. It sounds like a good idea, potentially, although it may already have been considered and turned out not to be possible.

    26 Oct 2004, 08:35

  2. You don't have to return a book by closing time. As long as you drop the book into the book return box outside the library before it opens again the next day, it counts as having been handed in the previous day. So you can return your book at 2.30am and you won't be fined.

    26 Oct 2004, 08:52

  3. The library do send out e-mails if you have had the book for too long, but only roughly 2 days after you should have handed it in, in which time you have incured a fine!!

    Clever money making scheme, and you can't complain because they actually send out an email and in some cases a letter to your pigeon hole.

    Just dont pay the fine until the end of the year or before you graduate!!

    26 Oct 2004, 09:58

  4. Robin Green

    The Library has no agenda to generate income through fines – fines are simply an incentive to you to return your books before they are due to increase their availability to other users. Some other libraries remove borrowing rights or deny access to the Library instead of fining; fines don't prevent your access to the resources you need for your course. To avoid fines simply return your books on time – we'd be very happy if everyone did.

    The system can't at this time send emails out a few hours before books are due. During this session we will cease to send out print notifications as a default for most groups of user, though you will be able to select how you receive notifications. Instead, ther default will be that notifications are sent by email or telephone messaging. When this happens we will send them out earlier, probably the day before books are due.

    26 Oct 2004, 11:15

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    10 Mar 2005, 15:07


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