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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Karen Stevens, a certified ghost hunter and the acquisitions librarian at Parmly Billings Library in Billings, Montana, investigated each haunting and interviewed eyewitnesses to the paranormal events described in her book. Stevens devoted an entire chapter to the ghosts at the Parmly Billings Library.
Eileen Luz Johnston, a Local History Room volunteer at the Old Bernardsville Public Library, wrote a 46 page booklet about Phyllis, the ghost who allegedly haunts the Old Bernardsville Public Library in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
The Doris and Harry Vise Library is said to be haunted by a ghost cat. On March 5, 2001, former library director, John Boniol, saw a cat floating across his office floor before it disappeared behind some boxes stored under a table. Boniol has also experienced eerie feelings in other rooms in the library. A former librarian said she has also seen the ghost of a little girl who likes to play peek-a-boo around the circulation desk.
The college library at Monmouth University was built in 1905 and was originally used as the summer home of mining and smelting entrepreneur Murry Guggenhein. A lady in white is said to walk down the staircase at midnight when the library closes.
Rochester Public Library, Rochester, New York
Watch this clip from Ghost Hunters season 11 to learn more about the team’s investigation of haunted happenings at the Westerly Library in Westerly, Rhode Island.
The Deep River Public Library was originally a private residence built by Richard Pratt Spencer, a local prominent businessman. When Spencer’s widow died in 1932, one of their sons sold the home to the Saybrook Library Association, and it was converted into a library. In 2004 a paranormal investigator felt the presence of two female spirits in the library. The library embraces the spirits and uses them to promote the library.
The Julia Ideson Building of the Houston Public Library is said to be haunted by the ghost of Julius Frank Cramer, the library’s security guard/gardener/janitor. Julius lived in a basement apartment in the library building and would practice his violin in the library after hours until he died in 1936. Now, Julius makes his presence known by scattering sheet music around the library floor, and people can sometimes hear him playing his violin or his dog’s nails clicking on the library’s marble floors when they visit the library.
The North Carolina room is favorite spot of the ghost of a woman who frequently visited the library to conduct Civil War research. Sometimes people have reported “research sounds” like pages turning when no one is around and finding books that have been put away at night out on the research room table in the morning. One of the ghost’s favorite books to leave out is The Papers of Zebulon Baird Vance. Around 1995 a young boy found an envelope inside the book addressed to the person the librarians suspect to be the ghost.
The old Bernardsville Public Library was supposedly haunted by a ghost named Phyllis Parker. The library building is old and was the Vealtown Tavern during the Revolutionary War. Phyllis was the innkeeper’s daughter, and it is believed that she suffered a nervous breakdown when her boyfriend, a British spy, was hung and brought to the tavern in a coffin in 1777. Phyllis was so active at one time that the staff issued her a library card; however, Phyllis hasn’t been sighted since 1989.
The Willard Library is over 110 years old and is the oldest public library building in Indiana. In the late 1930s a custodian reported the first sighting of an “all-grey” lady wearing grey shoes and a grey veil as he entered the basement at 3 a.m. to stoke the coal furnace. Since then, the Grey Lady has been sighted by librarians, patrons, and police officers, and has been credited with unexplained occurrences in the library. Many believe that the Grey Lady is the ghost of Louise Carpenter, the daughter of Willard Carpenter, whose fortune was used to build the Willard Library in 1885.