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Carnegie Library

St. Joseph, Missouri

The Carnegie Library is supposedly haunted by the spirit of a former librarian. When nearing closing time, some people have reported hearing footsteps from an unknown entity, as well as someone saying “shhhhh”. Some accounts even claim that books have moved from shelf to another shelf on their own.

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Christina says:

October 30, 2005, 1:28 pm

well im not really sure i believe that story, first i’ve heard of it. I guess it could be true though.

jack says:

December 22, 2005, 11:15 am

this story is exactly like the start of the movie ghostbusters (moving books!?!) even the shh! freaky!!!

Mr. Hanky says:

February 12, 2006, 5:37 am

shae=poopy mouth

Slojen says:

March 25, 2006, 3:06 am


Tanner Keck says:

May 6, 2006, 3:03 pm

I wonder if that story is really true because i live in St.Joseph. Thats pretty freaky!!!

Jackie chan says:

May 8, 2006, 4:53 am

what ever

Lizzy says:

May 9, 2006, 12:31 pm

I want to go here because its close so me and my best friend are going to check it out…. If i dont comment back in awhile i could be DEAD! wow im physiced….

Sarah says:

June 6, 2006, 11:08 pm

OMG!!!! I got scared just by readin it!!! I’m not gullable but this story sounds true…I love ghost stories!!! Especially true ones!!!!

Tracy says:

July 3, 2006, 10:06 am

WOW THERE IS SOME REAL CATTYNESS GOING ON HERE HUH? HEY THERE IS ENOUGH WAR IN THIS WORLD DO WE HAVE TO FIGHT ON THE NET TOO? HOWEVER COMMA, I LOVE EVERY SINGLE GHOST STORY I HAVE READ ON THIS SITE it is pretty cool site)- I am from South Africa and we have a few of our own pretty eerie stories too – anyone want to hear about them? lol


July 17, 2006, 3:37 am

uhm okay, ive been to carneigie library near closin time, n none of that **** is true;)

cody says:

July 19, 2006, 4:19 am

it sounds true

Jessica says:

August 22, 2006, 1:28 pm

I know that the one of the Lexington is true and i believe it because I’ve been on the ship before and it’s *******scarey just to let ya! know that weather ya believe me or not.


September 9, 2006, 2:10 pm


Lisa says:

October 8, 2006, 7:14 pm

I have lived in St. Joe my whole life, 38 years, and have been going to this library since I was in elementary school. I have never heard it was haunted, but when my kids were small I would take them downstairs to the childrens library for their books. Sometimes when we were down there alone, I would hear someone walking around right outside the door. Needless to say, no one was there. I didnt like going down stairs and would hurry my kids in picking out their books, if we were the only ones down there.

Brooke says:

October 8, 2006, 9:31 pm


Penny Dennis says:

October 13, 2006, 4:18 am

you know i am 20 years old…and lived in Saint Joe for 9 years now…and i have never seen a ghost before it least not one in that place…
but don’t get me wrong i love a good ghost storie here and there…only if its true…and i haven’t heard a good enough one yet to make me a true beliver…now central high school might be a different story…down in the R.O room…for u people who went to central…lol

Shawn says:

October 13, 2006, 9:54 am

hey I’m coming to St. Joe on the 28 of oct I’m lookin for a good REAL haunted house let me know if theres one around

Penny Dennis says:

October 15, 2006, 5:27 pm

well shawn hope you enjoy being here not to many people can’t wait to leave this ghost town!!!LOL
like me leaving here to move to kc in 3 more weeks
and i can’t wait
…….if i hear of any good ghost stories i will be sure to let you guys know.Bye for now

Justin G. says:

October 20, 2006, 5:01 am

i thing its true because i go there all the time and that freaky stuff happens all the time

Penny Dennis says:

October 27, 2006, 7:01 pm

well shawn 2-morro is the 28th hope u have fun in our little ghost town…lol….HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!!

josh turner says:

November 1, 2006, 1:22 pm

lived in the south end of town my whole life went in there at night after closing time and durnig the day its not true. i lived two blocks away for my whole 17 yr life. ITS FAKE

1/3 of hotbot says:

November 5, 2006, 9:57 pm

This is so weird.Whenever I was a kid i used to hate going down stairs because it was always so cold. And everytime I got to the bottom of the steps I just got a really eerie feeling.I completely believe this one.

stupid men says:

March 23, 2007, 9:21 pm

this is just like ghost busters1……………………… peace out

stupid men says:

March 23, 2007, 9:22 pm

This is just like ghost busters1……………………… peace out.

stupid men says:

March 23, 2007, 9:23 pm

we are cool kids

carrissa gooch says:

March 23, 2007, 9:24 pm

we are cool kids who are stupid ghost hunters

john hanzie says:

March 31, 2007, 9:18 pm

ive been to this library a million times but it never really seemed like it would be haunted.

john hanzie says:

March 31, 2007, 9:20 pm

ive been to carnegie library a million times but it doesnt really seem like it would be haunted.But i guess it could be

john hanzie says:

March 31, 2007, 9:21 pm

but no one really goes to that library ne more anyway

Trout says:

July 15, 2007, 9:36 pm

Well, I live in St.Joe and i’ve only been to that library a few times. I agree with Lisa. When I was a kid I never ever wanted to go downstairs because there was this door that I always though I heard someone knocking on. And I could hear people walking out there as well.And it was just a little bit to freaky for me.I still get scared just thinking about it.

freakaleak says:

July 31, 2007, 10:26 pm

okay yeah i have lived in st.joseph my whole life and i used to not even live a block away from carnagie library so me and my friend courtney would go down there and nothing would happen! never has no atter what time it was!- i think thats bull ****! no affense!

paul says:

August 20, 2007, 1:11 pm

Well I have lived in the central district of st joe and on place in the whole school that is actually haunted is the room that all the tunnels lead to. The one with the chair that is chained to the floor…. trust me its true i’ve seen people that aren’t there………

Saundra says:

October 31, 2007, 10:04 pm

You have the wrong library on this posting. It is the Downtown Branch of the St. Joseph Public Library on 10th and Felix Street that you are talking about. It is supposedly haunted by a ghost named Rosy who had been a very dedicated librarian there. She doesn’t say “shh” but she has been heard to walk around at night. There have been many newspaper stories published over the years about the library ghost. How about correcting the library in your listing?

Brian Habert says:

January 29, 2008, 9:23 pm

Shauna is partly right. The downtown library is also supposed to be haunted, but the story about Carnegie Library has been told correctly. Like many of you have already recounted, I was also a little freaked out when I went into the basement (children’s area) as a kid. But I never saw or heard anything unusual.

Brian Habert says:

January 29, 2008, 9:25 pm

I meant “Saundra” not “Shauna”. Sorry.

Kittykat says:

May 15, 2008, 10:03 pm

Hey well I am only thirteen and have been going to that library for as long as I can remember. It’s a pretty great place, but once, when I was with my best friend Amy, she went upstairs to go get her mom, and I turned around and felt a sudden chill, and I could feel someone watching me very closely. I knew there was a spirit in that children’s section, and my feelings told me that it was a girl. No Joke.

briana says:

June 16, 2008, 6:37 pm

This sounds really cool

The Librarian says:

August 29, 2008, 3:13 pm

Having worked at this particular library for almost 30 years I have never heard such a story. Like Saundra said I’ve heard stories about the downtown branch being haunted but I’ve never heard any Carnegie related stories.

Avery Wilmes says:

October 11, 2008, 3:21 pm

I live in Saint Joseph and I know for a fact some places in Saint Joseph are haunted my mom used to live in a house and if was very much haunted so I would believe that this library is haunted too.

A.J.dajmnjhjdsan says:

November 5, 2008, 4:50 pm

i personally have been shhsed by someone when there was noone there . books have flewn around the libray

Jamie says:

November 20, 2008, 2:09 am

I’ve been living in St. Joe for the past few months and I was wondering if anyone knows any stories about Krug Castle. A friend and I have been up there at night and I’ve gotten some really creepy vibes from the place…


Abby says:

January 28, 2009, 5:52 pm

wow thats totaly freaky is there reports about the carnigie library in shelbina!?!

lily g says:

May 21, 2009, 2:15 am

i live in st.joe an i go to that library on a regular basis. i have heard stories of the librarian but it’s not scary. odd but definitly not anything to fear.

Shade says:

May 27, 2009, 3:11 pm

Not True

Raven says:

October 31, 2009, 5:14 pm

i have lived in st joesph for 11 years and i ve heard of this library but i dont think its haunted my house is prolly more haunted than this library and so is my school cuz it was built in 1917 and my school was built in 1899 but it had work done on it sooooooo whatever

Sharon L Roberts Patching says:

November 24, 2009, 11:20 pm

I was raised in St. Joseph, MO and lived there until 1990. I have such memories of that wonderful old building. I can still smell the books and walk downstairs to the Children’s section or upstairs through the isles of shelves and see the check-out desks. I especially always wanted to walk up the old winding iron steps to the rare book section. IT’S ME-I’M THE GHOST! BOO!

Jeff Taylor says:

March 20, 2010, 1:39 pm

I’ve witnessed nothing and felt nothing at Carnegie Hall, not to say that it isn’t true, but I am very receptive to these types of things. So forget Carnegie Hall, if you want to likely witness something paranormal, go to Felix’s grave. While somewhat eerie during the day, it’s a whole other story come twilight and night. A couple friends and I were chased by I would guess satanists at this location at one midnight on Halloween years ago. They moved eerily through the trees and sounded like children throwing their voices, like the laughter was in our heads. Once we left the actual trail to the grave site, the robed figures stopped pursuing us and turned toward the strangers that had followed us to the graveyard and we had left in the dust. Only one figure remained and he laughed and ran at me. I had a 45. revolver on me and I fired a shot in the air. He never hesitated as he ran at us, laughing all the way. Seeing what looked like a knife in his hand, I fired again, at him. I was a practiced shot and the distance wasn’t great but still he didn’t slow and I’d swear I hit him. My friends and I ran like hell. Still, I fired back twice more and shouldn’t have missed. The thing never slowed as it chased us toward my truck. Once we got to the end of the trail, where the bars go across at the parking area, it stopped. As we jumped in the car, we watched the figure simply walk into the trees and disappear. I don’t know what happened to the other 4-6 kids we left at the gravesite, but I never heard of anything like murder or missing persons in the paper. We went back the next day and there was a large pentagram made of ash in the circular gravel area before the grave site. I’ve also witnessed the mist in this location and I can very easily sense anger and evil within the cold iron confines of the grave site. I won’t go there at night anymore because of the various things I’ve witnessed at this site. I won’t even go during the day without a weapon. So I would say this to any brave enough to venture here, it’s got the energy of the dead, like pet cemetery or something, and the pagans or whatever they were were not natural in movement or noise, the sounds accompanying their passage was ventriloquist-like. I still remember the things laughter years later and I know I shot him dead. Beware Felix’s Grave. Whatever is there is not holy.

Debbie Wallace says:

October 7, 2010, 7:11 pm

used to live in st. joseph. we took our children there all the time. one of our favorite places. beautiful building!

jamie smith says:

October 25, 2010, 1:25 am

wow i live in st joseph i maybe will check it out me and my friend but i for real dont believe half of the stuff the show on tv or people say so yeah

clairefrommissour says:

April 28, 2011, 10:54 am

i grew up in missouri and i used to go to carniege library all the time im pretty sure its not haunted ive never heard anything like shhhh or seen anything ghost come on.!!!

Heather says:

May 17, 2011, 3:52 pm

With as rude and unfriendly as those old biddies that work down at carnegie are it doesn’t surprise me that it is haunted. Those old cows act like they own the place so big surprise one of them drops dead and still hangs around lol lol.

Kstie Marie says:

May 18, 2011, 9:45 am

Okay this is sooo fake. some little kid could have moved the books you dumb asses and then the shhhh is stupid it was someone elsee……./…….

jerilynn says:

October 9, 2011, 7:50 pm

yes this is true i live a block away from there and i go there all the time and one day me and my friends were there when it was closed hanging out just sitting on the stairs outside and someone throw a box and like 3 books at the door and we took off running and after the library closes they turn out the lights but in the middle of the night they turn on then off

chris says:

May 25, 2012, 5:07 am

I know the old state hospital in st.joe,now a mo. prison,is very haunted.I witnessed several paranormal events there.chairs moving on there own,doors opening and closing by there self,objects falling off tables and lights turning on and off on there own.if you know anything about this place let me now

chris says:

March 18, 2013, 5:38 pm

I wish someone would do an investigation at the old state hospital in st joe ,mo.

The Rising Storm says:

May 16, 2014, 3:34 pm


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