An undergraduate who mistook his university's library for a bar is being offered counselling to help him recover from the trauma.
Third year geography student Bill Wilkinson said he was on his way from a bar to another one when he took a wrong turning and found himself in what he later learned was the university library.
'I'd had a few jars and this and that and must have got a bit disorientated,' Mr Wilkinson said. ‘I pushed open this door expecting to see me mates and a line of Foster's waiting for me. Instead there was this dead quiet room full of shelves of books with just a few old geezers at desks reading and writing. At first I thought I'd died and was in Hell. It was well weird.’
Mr Wilkinson added that when he asked where he was, he was told to be quiet or leave the library.
‘These old geezers - I was later told they were mature students or something - started shushing me. They said they were working on essays and assignments. I'd no idea what the hell they were going on about. It was well scary.’
Mature student Fred Blackford (62) said he was working in the library on his dissertation when ‘the door suddenly flew open and a rather confused young man fell into the room’.
‘He seemed intimidated by the books and the sight of people working,’ Mr Blackford said. ‘When we shushed him he scarpered.’
Tutor Dr Sheila Taylor said Mr Wilkinson was a conscientious student who'd had a traumatic and frightening experience and warned against the general public having a jaundiced view of student life.
‘Because of this incident, people mustn't get the idea that our students spend all their time hanging out in libraries with their heads in books,' she said. ‘Bill is a hard-living undergraduate with top marks for boozing, shagging and the frequent use of illegal substances. He hardly ever wastes his time attending lectures and stuff like that.’
‘The university authorities will be installing better signage so that other students do not suffer Bill's scary and traumatic experience. He is still in shock and is having difficulty meeting the deadline for this term's Googled essay.’