Uni Library Etiquette


Uni libraries can be both life saviours and absolute hell. Depending on the time of day and year it can be near impossible to find a desk, especially one with a working plug socket, it's either boiling or freezing there is no comfortable temperature, and you are more than likely going to want to kill either yourself or someone else whilst your there. 

In fact wanting to kill someone at the library is a common feeling for most students, especially third years trying not to cry into their dissertations. So I've put together a list of things to avoid doing in your uni library, unless you want to be hated by everyone around you. 

1. Long hours at the library can often mean missing meals and therefore food is a necessity, however be careful what you choose. Any food that has a strong smell is an immediate no go, tuna, pickle, curry anything that you wouldn't want to kiss someone after eating is off limits. Stick to plain and non smelly. On another note, loud food should stay away from your lunch box. Sweet wrappers, that are going to rustle every time you touch them, or anything that makes a lot of noise when eaten will drive your fellow students insane! 

2. Phone calls. Either text or take that phone call somewhere else. Toilets, stairwells or social areas anywhere that's not a studying zone. 

3. Listening to music is vital for a lot of students and that's fine as long as everyone else isn't getting a taste of your current favourite playlist. You may have headphones on but that doesn't mean the person next to you can't hear every song! 

4. Group work is a part of most degrees and the easiest place to gather everyone together is the library, but either work in the non quiet areas, or book a room out. You could even meet at a cafe or in a different uni building, just stay away from the library or you'll probably be shushed and evil eyed until you leave. 

5. Be healthy. Colds spread like wildfire at uni, and the library is the breading ground so if you're ill stay away until you're not coughing up germs all over the place. Sneezing and constantly sniffing will drive people insane, so stay in bed watching netflix until you're better. That's an order! 

6. Finding an available computer, or an available desk during lunchtime can be a nightmare, so be kind and don't go to the library to sit on Facebook or watch a film. It's just going to anger everyone who walks past desperate to get on with their work, and why do you want to be at the library watching a film when you could be at home in your bed?! 

7. Probably the most important one, don't talk! I know that seems strict but if it's a quiet area, and especially if it's a silent zone DO NOT CHAT. Nobody wants to hear you catching up with your mate about what happened on the weekend or about your appointment at the doctors. If you want to socialise go anywhere but the library. And if you have to talk, whisper and keep it under 5 minutes. 

8. Finally, and this one is very important. Take a shower. Personally hygiene is of the up most importance in the library, and being a bit on the smelly side is going to really make people want to kill you. 

What do people do that drives you crazy in the library? Or are you guilty of any of these crimes?! 

13 comments

  1. Good points!!! talking loudly used to drive me insane, esp when the chatter wasn't uni related which it usually wasn't.

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    1. I need basically silence to work so people chatting makes me so annoyed and I can't concentrate, especially when Im in a quiet area!
      Emma x

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  2. Haha, I totally agree with you - people talking in the library does my head in - to the point a couple of my friends and I actually had to say something to a group of fresher's opposite who just didn't shut up. As for the smelly thing... YES, however sometimes during my lunchtime break, I go for an intense spin class at the gym and then come back to the library, I don't think many appreciate that hahaha! xxx

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    1. It's so annoying I just want them all to shut up! haha And I'm sure you don't smell that bad! :P
      Emma x

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  3. I hate it when people talk in the library. I always book a private room when I have group work to be considerate to others studying alone! And any kind of noise can distract me so open sweets and crisps before you enter the library! We're not even allowed to eat in our library now because it's just be redone but I need food!

    Sian xxx

    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. We're not allowed to eat hot meals in the library but we can have cold things and snacks, and I must admit I do eat in the library but I try and pick quiet foods haha!
      Emma xx

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  4. My university's library had a STRICT no food policy. There were vending machines, a cafe, and a small eating area on the ground floor and that was the only place you could eat or drink. And no books were allowed in that space. I'm glad though - no one wants sticky fingers or crumbs on their study books!

    Talking or taking calls in the stacks or study areas is just the height of rudeness. I can't believe people actually do that!

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

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    1. Thats pretty strict but I guess it makes sense, keeps the ground floor a more social area so people on other floors can just study. And yeah people on the phone is SO rude!
      Emma x

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  5. Great list! I remember going to the library at my college and there would always be a bunch of chatty girls... it was so annoying since I was trying to study. But I'll admit I do remember one time I was there with a friend and we ended up talking more than studying so I am sure that day there were some people who really hated me too :P


    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. I must admit I have chatted in the library before but now I'm a lot more conscious of it and try to keep talking to a minimum, because i know how frustrating it is!
      Emma x

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  6. I laughed so much at this! Every single one of them should be abided by and I may or may not print this out 1,000 times and put it around the 5 libraries on campus. The sweets thing is hard. I usually get Haribo and then rip the pack completely open so I'm not rustling the bag every time I have one but then I have to eat the entire pack and that's pretty bad. It's a fab excuse to eat a whole bag though!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahaha, printing it out sounds like such a good idea, but wow 5 Libraries! thats a lot, but at least it means theres always somewhere to work I guess. And of course you've gotta eat the whole bag, can't do work without some form of snack!!
      Emma xx

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