With one week to go until Halloween, we’re looking into some of the ghosts that may inhabit Pittsburgh’s landmarks.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Ghosts and libraries – it’s like they’re made for one another.
For every library in the area, there seems to be volumes of ghost stories.
The main branch of the Carnegie Library in Oakland opened in 1895 and it wasn’t long before the ghost stories started to pile up.
According to some, ghosts still roam the halls today.
“Every night, all the librarians make sure all the books are properly shelved, but often they’ll come in to find books scattered all over the floor,” Haunted Pittsburgh tour guide Haydn Thomas said.
But, not just any books.
“Always the mystery books,” Thomas said.
According to this story, workers at the library have tried to outsmart whoever moves the books.
“Now, they tried to confound this spirit by moving the mystery books to a different section, but always those same books wind up on the floor,” Thomas said.
Another tale is less mischievous and far more gruesome.
“In the early 1900s, a certain judge frequented the library, and one day for reasons lost to history, he hung himself right there in the stacks,” Thomas said.
But, the tragic end to that judge’s life may not have been the final chapter in his story.
“In the very spot where this gruesome act took place, the librarians will find that high up on the wall writing appears,” Thomas said. “The message is always the same – ‘The judge is here.’”
Now, as much fun as some of these stories are, there is one problem. Officially, the Carnegie Library says none of them are true.
In fact, a spokesperson told us none of its branches are haunted.
But, that probably won’t discourage the believers.