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The Librarian (big gorilla looking thing) in the library is kicking my butt every time I try to fight it, I tried backing away from it like miller says but eventually it starts attacking me and then I die.

I've emptied all 40 rounds of my kalash into it and it doesn't even get fazed.

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There are a few ways to easily deal with the librarians.

The Pacifist

Remember what Miller tells you about the Librarians:

  • They will only attack when provoked.
  • You must maintain eye-contact with them at all times. In other words, keep your cross-hair aimed at his eyes.
  • Do not move towards them. That will be an act of aggression and they will attack you.
  • If they do start coming towards you (not in an aggressive manner), slowly walk backwards.
  • When they walk right up to your face and scream and bang their fists, they are just showing their dominance. Keep eye contact, remain calm and continue to slowly walk backwards, never towards them.
  • Do not turn your back to them; they will see that as a cowardly act and attack you.

Once the Librarian is done showing off, you can simply walk through their territory. This Youtube vid shows the pacifist method

The Aggressor

Use the Librarian's animal instincts against them:

  1. Have your shotgun loaded and ready.
  2. Allow the Librarian to get right up into your face by using the Pacifist method.
  3. When you see the white their eyes, fire a couple of quick rounds off with the shotgun. Should take just a couple to the head, especially when they are so close you can feel their breath on your face.

Alternate Method: If you are paying attention in the Library, you'll notice a number of arrows in the walls. The arrows are a hint...

  1. Bring a Helsing into the Library.
  2. Pump the Helsing up to maximum pressure.
  3. Fire off a few rounds into the Librarian.
  4. Librarian dies. You pick up the arrows and use them on the next beast.

Remember, Librarians are our friends. They're just pissed off that someone screwed up their Dewey Decimal cards.

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so THATs what I was doing wrong, the cross hairs on the eyes thing, makes sense. Oh well, could've avoided committing gorilla genocide :P – l I Mar 1 '11 at 0:12
If you have the 20 round automatic shotgun, that will make your life much easier. – Glenn Nelson Jan 1 '12 at 17:36

you can just run past all of them... they have very limited aggro area and will not chase much.

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Figured it out after a while, wow these guys are tough.

They are called librarians and the best way to kill them seems to be a bunch of arrows from an overpumped helsing to the head while dodging backwards and to either side. Their attack is mostly a forward swipe motion and 2-3 hard hits will kill you (I was wearing a stealth suit at the time), but its easy to dodge once you get it down. And never ever fight more than 1 at a time, that's just asking for trouble.

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It's amazing what elaborate tactics are detailed here when two grenades do the job. Sticky ones especially since they don't bounce around.

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Stick grenades to them or time the explosions of normal grenades to go off near/under them. Or alternatively you could try throwing fire grenades at them emptying full clips from the kalash 2012 into them or letting off all six shots from a revolver (also revolvers come in the shotgun variety in this game) into their face. Try all this while dying repeatedly. Worked for me.

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