Teenager, 14, left hysterical after being trapped in Melbourne library
A Melbourne teenager who fell asleep in a city library woke up to find she had been locked inside and was surrounded by complete darkness.
Jemah Burley, 14, went to Frankston library to drop a book off but fell asleep in one of the chairs in a back corner.
She told 9NEWS she was scared after waking up to find no one else was around.
Her mother Maxine Burley became worried when her daughter didn’t meet her out the front as planned. She drove around frantically trying to find her and contacted police.
Driving past the library an hour later, she spotted a hand against the door.
Video taken after the teen was spotted, shows a very distressed Jemah crying hysterically as others try and calm her down.
Mrs Burley can be heard telling her daughter: “Don’t panic, just wait there.”
Her family can be heard getting increasingly frustrated as Jemah sits sobbing, cross legged on the floor behind the glass library door.
The teen’s family are now asking questions as to how no one found her before it closed.
“So that means then - the people who worked here didn’t do a last tour, and also the cleaner man didn’t do a tour?” Mrs Burley said.
“It should be in his contract...it’s protocol.”
Family members eventually directed Jemah to a button near the door which lets her out of the building and into her mother’s arms.
“You’re alright darling, you’ve done nothing wrong ok” Mrs Burley can be heard telling Jemah, as the teenager sobs uncontrollably.
She has told 9NEWS her daughter is still anxious, and struggles to be apart from her.
Council acting chief executive Tim Frederico described the event as a “truly unfortunate incident.”
“While Frankston City Libraries have strong closing procedures in place, we are undertaking an internal investigation and reviewing processes to identify where improvements may be made,” he said.
“We look forward to welcoming the young lady back to the library whenever she is ready.”
However, Mrs Burley said her daughter won’t be returning to the library anytime soon.