14 Creepy Things That Were Found in Libraries

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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

    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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    The Itinerant Masturbator

    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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    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.
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    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. 
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    Glass Floors

    The library of Brooklyn's Pratt Institute has glass floors. That means anyone on the floor below you can look right up your skirt. If that weren't creepy enough, there's also a small space between the glass tiles and book shelves - someone a few floors up could pee right down onto your head if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time. 
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    Human Bones

    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.