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Oct 24 2012

Haunted Libraries

by Jesse M

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it appropriate to share Ellyssa Kroski’s excellent write-ups about haunted libraries, both in the United States and around the world. Each list features ten spooky libraries with a brief description of each, as well as a link you can follow to find out more information. Some of the libraries even offer “proof” of their paranormal inhabitants:
The Old Benton Library (formerly the Saline County Library) in Arkansas was investigated by a team of ghost hunters, and you can view their findings, including a video of them purportedly communicating with a ghost using the flashlight method; while the The Willard Library in Indiana allows prospective ghost hunters a chance to hunt for spirits themselves by viewing webcams located in the Children’s room, Research room, and Basement Hall.

Want a list of haunted libraries a little closer to home? Check out this page on library ghosts in the Southern US. Astute readers may notice that there aren’t any Georgia libraries on the list, however, according to the Shadowlands Haunted Places Index, Chestatee Regional Library in Gainesville has experienced its share of spectral happenings:

After hours the apparition of a young brown haired girl is seen. Books also tumble off the shelves. The library was built on the site of a hotel where a murder may have occurred.

Scary stuff!  Although generally speaking I’m skeptical of reports of paranormal phenomena, this blogger is happy to work in a library that isn’t haunted.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Joseph M October 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Great post! Personally, I’m happy that I don’t work in a haunted library; my imagination tends to run wild enough as it is.

Virginia L. October 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Nice post. I wrote a post about Willard Library in Indiana who has a ghost that has been spotted on many occasions by credible witnesses over its 120+ history. Willard even has 24/7 cameras set up facing the areas that are haunted so the public can view these areas at night etc. Here is my post about this library:
I have been a ghost investigator for over 20 years and I am a retired teacher.
Here is a another post about ghost investigations and whether the use of flashlights are a good idea:

Jesse M October 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Hi Virginia. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I actually linked to your blog about using flashlights to communicate with ghosts in my post, I thought it was an informative and balanced look at the validity of the method.

Virginia L. October 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Thanks for the mention.

Tamika S. October 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Things that go bump in the library! We are truly a place that offers something for everyone, even those who are no long among the living. I’m intrigued by ghosts and liked the picture of the ghost “lady” from Ghostbusters. Great post!

Steve Hurd November 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Alison W. and I worked at the Redan Library. On many occasions we would hear books being moved around on the shelves before the opening hour. We knew we were alone. We called “her” Louise, after you know who.

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