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A UNIVERSITY has raked in more than pounds 1m from fining students for overdue library books, figures have revealed.

Durham University raised the sum of pounds 1,005,426 - the 10th highest amount in the country - through fines collected over six years. Overall, universities in the UK have raised nearly pounds 50m in book fines.

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. However, many are never returned at all as more than 300,000 books remain unaccounted for from universities across the country.

The figures were revealed in Freedom of Information requests to Britain's universities.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2012
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