27 Booksellers And Librarians Who Hilariously Trolled Their Patrons

If you’ve ever worked in a bookstore or library, chances are, you were bored. Sadly, there’s tons of work that can be done on a rainy day when no customers enter the store. However, does that mean you’re actually going to do that work? No. You’re going to make a funny sign or shelve presidential autobiographies in the fiction section as a joke.

Frankly, bookstores and libraries don’t pay enough for employees not to waste a ton of time at work. Sure, we care about any bookish institution, and our job is to get people excited about reading. That doesn’t mean we’re not going to treat it like Glengarry Glen Ross and “always be closing on these new works of literature!”


No. In fact, librarians and booksellers are going to spend as much time procrastinating as possible. If you want corporate-approved orderly silliness, go shop for books at Walmart. We’re here today to celebrate bookish people who hilariously trolled customers.

Here are the best moments when booksellers and librarians trolled people in funny ways:


1. I see what you did there.

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2. I mean, these booksellers are not wrong.

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3. Found in the staff recs of my former workplace.

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4. Finger on the pulse.

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5. They had to put a sign up because they knew you would try.

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6. Even Barnes and Noble is getting in on the bored bookseller fun.

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7. School library knows how to connect with the youth.

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8. This school librarian goes from class to class as the grim reaper, announcing who has a late book checked out.

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9. Never thought about it that way.

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10. Thank you, smart-ass librarian.

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11. We all need that space.

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12. Something to think about.

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13. They put masks on the dinosaurs at this library. I have terrible news for them (see above).

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14. Did this actually happen, though?

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15. This is the most frequently asked question in any store.

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16. University librarians are not messing around.

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17. Sure, it’s smug, but they’re right.

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18. It’s all about curation at the bookstore.

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19. I like this genre name better than “Romance.”

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20. Now they’ve got my attention!

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21. Got ‘im!!!

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22. Found near the stationary in a local bookstore.

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23. Damn…

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24. I hope that’s the mystery section and not a real thing that happened.

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25. Guilt them, you must.

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26. That’s deep. Thank you.

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27. Keep looking. You’ll see it eventually.

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