Schools are meant to have libraries, although I must admit that there are some secondary in Nigeria without classrooms much less a library. So congratulations if your school has its own library. I hope you are making the most of it. And most importantly, I hope you know the basic rules guiding the use of public libraries. It can be appalling to walk into a public library for some study time only to get seriously disturbed by people who think they are in their bedrooms. You cannot afford to be the source of any type of nuisance in a public library because that will simply show how unserious you are with your academics. So just in case you did not know the basic library rules, I hereby do the honours of bringing them to your notice. Please take note of them.

  •  Do not carry your lunch to the library; please! It’s a library not a cafeteria.  The only forms of foods that are allowed are drinks stored in good bottles.

  • Do not use your phones to make calls while you are in the library. Every single ring or vibration of a mobile phone can greatly distract someone trying hard to memorize an abstract concept.

  • Do not hold your village meetings inside the library. Take it to the village if you do not want to study.

  • When you walk into a library, please do not deliberately slap the soles of your feet on the floor all in the name of walking. Walk as though you have a brain working in your head.

  • Do not sleep in the library; it’s not your bedroom. If per chance you get tired and sleepy, pack your stuff and head home.

  • Do not go to the library just to stare at people that are actually studying. If for any reason you need to observe human beings, any major street in your locality will serve the purpose.

  • Do not write anything on the library books. Make your jottings in your notepad.

  • When you borrow a book, return it at the appropriate and to the very position you picked it from.

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