VOTE 14 Creepy Things That Were Found in Libraries  

Katherine Ripley
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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. 
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Books Bound with Human Flesh


Books Bound with Human Flesh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Creepy Things That Were Found in Libraries
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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.
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An Unmarked Grave


An Unmarked Grave is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Creepy Things That Were Found in Libraries
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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.
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The Itinerant Masturbator


The Itinerant Masturbator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Creepy Things That Were Found in Libraries
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Several years ago, two female students at Bradley University had separate encounters with a masturbating man in the university library. One saw him in the basement at 6:30pm, the other saw him in a study room at 6:45pm. Which begs the question, was he walking around the library masturbating for 15+ minutes, or did he choose key locations and cease his trunk tugging while moving from one spot to the next? 
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Bed Bugs


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Bed bugs prefer beds, but occasionally hide in books. The University of Washington found bed bugs on books in 2012. To kill the nefarious critters, librarians placed books in freezers for seven days, let them thaw, then froze them for seven more days. Bed bugs make themselves at home in books often enough for the New York Times to run an article on it
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