Harvard Student Locked in Library Gets Creative

New technology saves one Harvard undergrad a treacherous night in a school library.

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It's unclear how we missed this great story last week. It comes from Harvard University, land of 10,000 libraries. 

Timothy Kim, a Harvard student, was studying late at night back on February 28 in the Harvard Law School Library. As the Crimson's FlyByBlog reports, Kim packed up his things and prepared to leave the library at 12:30 a.m., only to find the doors locked. He tested the library's alarm system by trying to force his way out—but decided against that option after hearing a blaring, distressing alarm sound—before trying exits on five different floors. He even contemplated just sleeping on the beanbag chairs on the fourth floor of the library. 

"I thought, 'If I have to spend the night here, that's what will happen,' " Kim tells the FlyByBlog. 

Now, it's easy to jump to the "Why didn't he call someone?" conclusion, but Kim had left his phone in his room. So, he hopped on Facebook, posting a status that explained that he was locked in the library. (Why didn't he use Facebook Chat to ask someone to call the Harvard police for him?) Later, he used Skype to contact the Harvard University Police Department, which sent someone over to let him out. 

According to the FlyByBlog, Kim says the moral of the story is to check the library hours before you go. That sounds about right. 

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