Andrew Bayne Memorial Library in Bellevue Pittsburgh is haunted. It was built in 1875 as a three-story house and was given to the borough for use as a park and library by the owner (at the time), Amanda Bayne Balph. It was stated in her will that no trees should be taken down on the property but in 1998, it was necessary to remove one tree because of Dutch Elm disease. Unfortunately, this tree was 300 years old and was named the “Lone Sentinel” (it was recognized in 1983 as the largest American elm in the state). All of this tree business has a purpose…some believe that the removal of this tree increased the paranormal activity in the library (Amanda Bayne is apparently not happy with the removal of the tree).
Some accounts state that the ceiling fans and lights turn on and off on their own, computer screens show random numbers, there are moving shadows, and a woman in Victorian clothing has been seen. The library has appeared in Jeff Belanger’s book, “The World’s Most Haunted Places” (of which I own a copy surprise, surprise!).
Marsh’s Library in Dublin, Ireland originated in 1701 and was Ireland’s first public library. Built by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and now haunted by him!
The story goes that Archbishop’s niece came to stay with him and promptly fell in love with a clergyman and eloped. The Archbishop was apparently heartbroken and a guilt-stricken niece put a letter of apology in one of his books in the library (why, oh why!). So, his ghost shows up to search the books for the missing note.
Below is a video about the library…worth a watch if you like Irish accents. Oh, and Irish history, of course! :)
If I ever have the opportunity to go back to Ireland, I will most certainly have a look at this beautiful…and haunted…library!
I thought I would take a short break from my supernatural-based posts and continue with the Beautiful Libraries series. There are so many beautiful libraries in Europe that the ones I’m featuring are just a drop in the bucket! So naturally, I’ve left some out. So, in no particular order…
This is an exterior and interior shot of the Austrian National Library or Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. It is located in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna and is the largest library in Austria. The oldest book in its collection is from the Middle Ages and is about 640 years old! If you click on the first photo it will take you to the official library website and the second photo will take you to a panoramic tour of the inside of this amazing building!
This next library is the St. Gallen Abbey Library in Switzerland. The library was established by the monks in 717 who considered books as medicine for the spirit. So true! It is currently a Unesco World Heritage site.
The Bibliotecha Casanatense is located in Rome, Italy and was established in 1701. It contains medieval manuscripts, books, and incunabula as well as two globes (one of the world and one of constellations) hand-painted in 1716.
The Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-Generaal Den Haag is located at The Hague in The Netherlands. The official reporters of the Parliamentary Reporting Office record all proceedings and debates. These reports (Handelingen) are stored in the library. It was built in the 18th century with a glass dome for a ceiling to allow in natural light.
I will continue this in 2 more parts. My preference is to give information in small pieces at a time :)
My second installment in my Haunted Library series takes place in Deep River Public Library in…you guessed it…Deep River, Connecticut. The library was originally built in 1881 by a banker and has had hauntings reported since at least 1959. There have been reports of children laughing and a woman peering through an upstairs window.
If you click on the picture to the left, it will take you to the website of the library but alas, no ghost cam!
Below is a 5 minute video of a paranormal investigation that took place at the library in 2010. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good haunting!
Just in time for Halloween, I thought I would write about haunted libraries. But, quoting Ministry, “everyday is Halloween” for me so these posts will definitely be coming long after the spooky holiday and well into the “nice” ones!
Willard Library (seen in the photo on the left) is located in Evansville, Indiana and has been around since 1885.
Plenty of time to gain a ghost!
There have been numerous sightings since 1930 of The Grey Lady…typically in the Children’s Room.
The best part is, they have a Ghost Cam! If you click on the still shot of the cam below, it will take you to the real thing.
So, if you’re ever in the neighbourhood while in Evansville, check out the library…you never know what you might find! A book or…a ghost!