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15 People You Can’t Avoid Meeting In Your Uni Library

Whether you’re there to work or just pass the time, you’re bound to see these types of people in the library.

1. The Joker.

You know the one. They’re always playing pranks on their friends in the quiet zone and have that loud, brash, want-to-punch-you-in-the-face laugh. While everyone’s sweating over deadlines, they’re taking up space, lol’ing, and pulling chairs out from underneath unsuspecting victims.

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2. The Procrastinator.

Sure, we’ve all been there. A little procrastination has led us to searching “cat playing the piano” on YouTube, or watching conspiracy theories, acceptance speeches at awards, an entire season of your favourite TV show… But when there are no other seats left, you really just need this one to procrastinate in their own time.

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3. The “Hey, everyone, look at me!”

This person literally knows everyone in the library. They shout out people’s names to get their attention from across the room, just so they can wave at them. We get it. You know people. Great. Please leave.

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4. The Invisible One.

You’ve been eyeing up their desk for at least 15 minutes from the corner of the floor where you’ve been forced to sit. Their belongings are wasting away, yearning to be used. They also have a free socket in front of them. Grr. You’re building up the courage to move it all aside and be the big balls of the library, but in reality you’re too socially awkward to stand the confrontation. You continue to glare, tut, and mutter under your breath.

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5. The Squatter.

You’ll find them with no organisation of stationary or textbooks – everything is just strewn randomly all over their desk. In most cases, they can’t find anything that they need except empty coffee cups and half-eaten chicken mayo meal deals which are dangerously close to your personal space.

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6. The All Nighter-er.

Tell tale signs of this person is twitchy limbs, freaking out at sudden movements, and the 20 cans of Red Bull in a pile on the floor. Approach with caution.

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7. The Hoarder.

This person takes out every single book possible on a module and keeps on renewing them so no one else can even have the chance to use them. Now we have to go out and actually buy the book. Can you imagine?

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8. The Organised One.

That’s right, they’ve got a colour-coordinated file system with corresponding highlighters and Post-it notes to match. It puts your Pukka notepad and pen to shame. You can only dream of being that organised one day.

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9. The Bruncher.

They don’t even know the true meaning of the word “library”. To them, it’s another place to eat and take up precious space with their wrappers and empty packets. There’s a café for that, you know.

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10. The Group Project.

You know the kind – they sit around a table or book a private study room, be terribly polite to each other, try not to touch each other’s stuff, and endure awkward silences. If only they’d been allowed to choose their own groups, the situation would be very different.

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11. The Fresher.

They’re the ones with high hopes, fresh skin and a hop in their step. How dare they even be in the library? First year doesn’t even count, mate. Go home, take a nap, and appreciate how little work you have compared to students in final year who are slaving away trying to finish their assignments in a day.

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12. The Final Year.

Mostly identified by their ghostly tinge, stress lines on their forehead, and permanent puffy eyes from crying about the horrors of their dissertation, the final year student is never without a drink. If they haven’t had their fourth Starbucks before noon, are they even really a final year?

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13. The Scrounger.

Free food in the lobby? They’re there with a lunchbox to take some home. A chance to nab free printer credits? They will be first in line. All the free sockets in the world? You better believe that they’ll charge each and every one of their devices.

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14. The Contaminated One.

Usually surrounded by a thousand and one scrunched up tissues with more emerging magically from up their sleeve like Dynamo the magician. They cough and splutter so much that you begin to feel sick too, and spend your time side-eyeing them whilst moving your belongings out of their firing line. Just go home and watch re-runs of any daytime TV show until you’re better, please.

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15. And The Selfish One.

This person is possibly the worst you will come across. They have no sympathy for others. Screaming at someone on the phone, blasting music from their iPod so loudly that other floors can probably hear Drake too, and eating the smelliest lunch at their desk. And not a single shit is given.

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