Libraries are a space for learning and community building, but some have been the setting of horror stories. This list is full of creepy things found in libraries, horrifying discoveries ranging from unmarked graves to books made with human flesh.The goosebump-inducing creepiness of the items on this list might make you hesitate before visiting your local library. Or, perhaps you'll be eager to go exploring, see what you can find. Maybe you'll discover an oddity sinister enough to land itself on this list. Vote up the things you find creepiest, and share these spooky stories on your camping trip.
Books Bound with Human Flesh
Several years ago, librarians at Harvard discovered that the strange leather binding found on three of their books is human flesh. As it turns out, human flesh was a relatively common leather used for binding anatomical textbooks during the 17th century. Medical researchers harvested the flesh from cadavers after dissecting them.
An Unmarked Grave
When construction began for the library at Minnesota's St. Cloud State University, builders discovered an unmarked burial ground with both adult and child skeletons. The bones were later used as study tools in multiple courses at the university.
Lots of libraries are rumored to be haunted. Harvard's Schlesinger Library is famous for its paranormal activity, as is Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin, where a staff member once reported that she heard the name "Sally Brown" creepily whispered during one of her shifts. Several ghosts have also been seen in the library, including that of novelist Helen Constance White.
During a renovation of the University of Utah's library, construction workers found human bones. The university police said the bones were probably not put there recently. It's possible they were burried before the library was constructed in 1936.