Dewey Seximal System: More and more students are going to the library, looking up catalogue number 69 and boning up on some human reproductive biology.
Yale University gained notoriety in the last decade when the “freshperson” issue of the Yale Daily News called on new students to think of its library “first as a place of study, but second as a kinky haven of intercourse.”
Half a world away at Stirling University in Aberdeen, U.K., a Press and Journal article called sex in the college library “the latest craze,” noting it had become so notorious cartoons on the subject are featured in the university newspaper.
“It’s going on all the time,” Sara, a 23-year-old biology major, told the Press and Journal in January. “My boyfriend and I are regular library goers.”
But is fornicating in the aisles of knowledge a college ritual or simply a time-honored university legend? According to a survey published in “Esquire,” out of 1,000 college students surveyed, 10 percent risked reprimand or expulsion to commit an assortment of lewd acts in the library.
“It definitely happens, but even one time is too much for me,” said George Kingman of University of Oregon , who says the intellectual sanctuary of a library should be respected like that of a quiet medieval church, but sometimes isn’t.
“We get peepers, flashers, masturbators, and people surfing the net for porn,” he said. “But I can’t recall catching any couples.”
That may be because couples, unlike flashers who often want to be noticed, are discreetly getting some without getting caught.
As an Oregon junior, Rebecca Bartly said she and her boyfriend once had sex in a remote corner of the library.
“My boyfriend and I were both in the library one night,” Bartly remembered. “I don’t know if it was the thrill of getting caught, but we both got hot-and-bothered thinking about it.”
When Bartly and her mate discovered a suitably private spot, they couldn’t resist the thrill. “The room we were in had a lock, but we didn’t use it,” she said. “I was so worried someone would come in. It was definitely thrilling.”
Even Jesuit and catholic colleges aren’t immune from depravity. At Gonzaga University in California, students report widespread use of the conference rooms for more than reading.