Every year UC Library runs the ‘Can your fines’ campaign. The campaign supports both UC students and the wider community and has been a feature of the library calendar for 3 years now.
Students who bring in a can of food during the campaign can wipe $5 from their library fines. The campaign is usually scheduled towards the end of the year, a time that can be stressful for students who have upcoming exams and for the broader community with Christmas looming.
Associate University Librarian Lyndsay Ainsworth agrees the campaign is great way to relieve students stress of owing money.
“Can your fines or other food for fines packages are initiatives that have been used successfully in libraries around the world for many years to allow students to be relieved of the stress of owing money to the library while making a wider contribution to their community. It’s great to partner with a community organisation like the City Mission and help them in their work,” she says.
This years ‘Can your fines’ campaign at UC Library collected over 400 cans which were donated to the Christchurch City Mission.