Library anxiety is real. The phenomenon, which involves feeling
intimidated, embarrassed, and overwhelmed by libraries and librarians,
was first identified by Constance A. Mellon in 1986. Her paper, "Library Anxiety: A Grounded Theory and Its Development,"
reported that college students in particular are prone to library
anxiety because they believe their research skills are inadequate, which
makes them feel ashamed and unwilling to talk to the very librarians
who might be able to ease their worries.