Well the holidays are well and truly over and all of us students have gone back to struggling our way through the mountains of work that have somehow managed to accumulate themselves, even though we’ve been keeping an eye on them. No, that was not sarcasm, I honestly thought I had less work than I seem to have now! This is why my new best friend is: The Library!
The library is great! There are loads of books, plenty of tables, access to the University’s intranet and all the software they have in the Open Access commuter suite. Heck, it’s even got a cafe in it and a park out the back to go for a walk around for a break! It’s a great place to go, sit down and power your way through all the work you’ve been doing.
There is, however, a problem with the Library.
It’s full of PEOPLE.
More specifically, stupid people that don’t know what they should and shouldn’t be doing, which leads the rest of us to get annoyed and turns the library from the tranquil, intellectual refuge that it should be into a teeth grinding pit of annoyance, stress and resentment.
In an effort to simplify my life (and therefore those in my immediate surroundings, also) here is a brief list of a few of the most common misuses of the library and why you need to stop doing them immediately.
STOP: Taking phone calls
There is nothing more irritating than being sat in the same room as someone who insists on hollering details of their inane life down the phone the entire time they’re in the library. You’ll be trying to work and they’ll just keep going and going and going, these people have no off switch. Here’s an idea for you, turn your damned phone off when you come to the library. You’re in here to work, not organise plans for “a sick night out, bro!”. If the call is THAT important, then shift to one of the corridors or go outside where you can jabber away to your hearts content, if you don’t then don’t look at me like I’m the bad guy when I loudly sigh and tut at you.
STOP: Using the computers for Facebook
I cannot tell you how many times I haven’t been able to do work in the library, or any, computer room because it is chocked full of morons staring at their news feeds hoping something has happened in the last 2 minutes. I need the software on these computers to be able to do my work and you’re staring at your friend Jessica’s holiday photos/pictures of a cat in an outfit/a club night that you want to go to but “only if you get the work done first”. Here’s a novel idea: GET THE HECK OFF FACEBOOK AND DO YOUR WORK! I will fantasise about dipping you in molasses and covering you in fire ants if I see you wasting time on Facebook when I need to do actual work. One of these days I may even follow through with it. You have been warned…
STOP: Putting books back wrong
You know those little tags on the bottom of the spine of the book? Those ones that have the little numbers and letters on them? That’s a reference number so that everyone can find the book, where it is supposed to be. It just makes it easier and less time consuming. So stop just chucking a book back anywhere when you’re finished with it. Try and stick the book back at least CLOSE to the books with the same numbers on the notice! Imagine trying to find a book in a world where no one catalogued them and didn’t keep them in an order. It would be like trying to look for a literary needle in a page turning haystack. Think about other users and learn to use the system, please.
STOP: Eating loud food in the silent area
By all means bring whatever food you like and enjoy it. I bring food to the library all the time, when you’re doing a day of work you have to! The only thing I’m saying is that don’t crack open a bag of Doritos or whack out your “healthy option” of celery sticks in the silent area. The clue is in the name and we’re all in here because we don’t want to be disturbed, so with that said and done we don’t need you marching in here crunching away on the loudest foods known to man. In an attempt to forewarn you, if you ever come and sit next to me in a silent area and start munching away on foods that sound like a frost giant cracking its knuckles, I will not hold back from smacking you around the face with it. 🙂
STOP: Sitting in aisles
This one re-he-healy bugs me. There are tables for a reason. Get up off of the floor, get the hell out of this TINY CRAMPED AILSE and sit yourself down where you should be. People sitting in the aisles make it incredibly difficult for other people to get past and find the books that they’re looking for. Common courtesy guys!
STOP: Using the library to start up pointless discussions
I’ve seen this happen a few times over my time at Uni. Someone will be walking along, notice that someone is reading a book on a certain subject and then, for some inexplicable reason, will strike up a conversation essentially quizzing the poor soul on their beliefs and views on the subject! Chances are that person didn’t want to be bothered and here you are, basically poking and prodding them in the face to try to provoke them into having a discussion, which you’ll likely turn into an argument. Go and get a coffee or something and leave strangers alone.
(I should point out that this last one has never happened to me personally, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s because people don’t want to argue about a book called “Applied Fluvial Geomorphology for River Engineering and Management”.)
Well, there you go. If you have any more that you think I should add to this little list then please leave them in comments! Happy studying guys!