I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of the paranormal. It’s not something that I tend to seek to find.
I avoid scary movies and I typically avoid anything with a haunted theme…but when I found out that there was a library with a ghost camera, my curiosity was piqued and I knew that I had to check it out.
Willard Library is the oldest public library in Indiana and its mission is to provide free access to all community residents to historical, recreational, education, and cultural material and services.
The library groundbreaking construction began in 1877 then construction halted from 1877-1882 and the library was completed and opened in 1885.
The architectural style of the Willard Library is Victorian Goth and you’ll find many beautiful details throughout the library.
World Record Overdue Book
The library also has the World Record for an Overdue Book on display. The book was due on March 29, 1937, and it was returned in the book drop on February 29, 1992. I wouldn’t want to pay the fee for a book that was 54 years and 11 months overdue.
Who is the World’s Most Famous Library Ghost?
A custodian was the first person to report that he had seen The Grey Lady ghost in 1930 and more people since then have shared that they have experienced unexplained sightings and events since then.
The “ghost” was in the shape of a woman who had a glowing grey light that indicated something out of the ordinary.
Reported Paranormal Sightings According to Willard Library
The following sightings and occurrences are from the Willard Library Website
- The Grey Lady was last reportedly sighted on August 10, 2010, in the basement hallway by the Assistant Children’s Librarian.
- Psychics visiting the library in 2007 say they were able to verify that a ghost has been there, and paranormal investigative groups have brought in equipment designed to locate it.
- Several library employees have reported seeing the ghost, including Margaret Maier, Children’s Librarian, and Helen Kamm, Library Assistant.
- During a visit to the library, lecturers from the University of Southern Indiana say they saw the ghost peering into the water.
- Policemen responding to a security alarm at the library spotted two ghosts in an upstairs window of the library.
- A library patron reported an encounter with the Grey Lady in the library elevator, and a local weathercaster also reported an encounter with the spirit.
- Hundreds of people look for the Grey Lady every October, during Ghost Tours sponsored by the library. Eight—hundred curious individuals attended the first such tour in the late 1990s, which has been a popular annual event ever since. Check the calendar of library events for upcoming tours.
- The water turned on or off
- Smell of perfume
- Feeling of cold
- Books and furniture found moved
- The feeling of touch on hair and earrings
- Odd items found in the library
You Can Take a Grey Lady Ghost Tour
Each October the Willard Library offers free Grey Lady Ghost haunted tours that welcome all ages. During the 30-45 minute tour, you will hear stories about the Grey Lady Ghost from guides in the exact locations of the library where they happened.
These ghost tours are very popular and you need to make a reservation ahead of time because they fill up quickly.
Where are the GhostCams located?
You can watch the Ghost Cam live day or night that are located throughout Willard Library. The camera feed shows the stairwell, Children’s Library, and main library. The images update automatically every few seconds and ghost spotters are encouraged to upload their sighting to the website.
You Can Visit the Libary in Indiana with Ghost Cameras
The Willard Library is located at 21 First Avenue, Evansville, Indiana. (812)-425-4309
You can find out more about the Willard Library from their website.
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