The 10 Commandments of Hartley Library

Michelle Dando states the new Soton Tab rules for the Library….

So folks, it’s that time of year again, when we all swap the queues outside of Jesters on a Monday evening, for the 7:30AM race for the best seats in the library on a Tuesday morning, and where we begin to regret all of those skipped lectures from the past term. To make this reclusive exam season in Hartley more bearable, we here at The Tab have come up with 10 commandments which we believe all students should obey.

  1. Thou shalt not leave a desk unattended for longer than 30 minutes. If you do, expect to find your things harmed/missing upon your return.
  2. Thou shalt not reserve seats for thy “friends”. These people are not really your friends, they are using you for your love of queuing early in the morning.
  3. Thou shalt not enter if thou art a fresher. For further reference, see here.
  4. Thou shalt not “whisper” loudly, especially telling stories about last night in Jesters. It is exam season, no-one goes to Jesters – if you do, you’re a first year, get out of the library.
  5. Thou shalt not confuse the desk/books/work in front of thine for a pillow. If you’re tired, go home!
  6. Thou shalt not obey the food/drink rules – everyone has to eat at some point, right?
  7. Thou shalt not talk on the phone whilst in the library. Especially if all you are doing is observing how quiet the library is, or should I say was, and complaining about your workload. No-one cares. If you have so much work to do, just do it!
  8. Thou shalt not “use” more than a dozen books at once. Who are you trying to kid? You’re not Hermione Granger, you can’t possibly be reading all of them, and no-one thinks you are more intelligent just because you have a huge pile of books on your desk.
  9. Thou shalt not sit at a desk with a plug socket and proceed to not use a laptop. There are “laptop free” sections in the library for a reason, use them!
  10. Thou shalt not use the computers just to log on to Facebook – especially to update your status saying how ‘revision is driving you crazy’. You are driving us crazy, now move along.


We propose these commandments with the intention that, any student caught not adhering to them is burnt at the stake, in front of a jeering crowd on the red brick. So get hunting, because together we can catch and eliminate these vermin!