The West Toledo Library’s Resident Ghost

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I’ll never understand why libraries seem to be so prone to paranormal activity. I like books as much as the next guy but, if I was a spirit, I could think of a million other places I’d rather be haunting.

Yeah, I don’t know what it is about libraries that attracts the “Other Side,” but Ohio seems to be full of these stories. Hell, I think just about every library in Lucas County has some sort of ghost story attached to it. The problem with these types of legends is that we don’t always know who these spirits might be, or why they have chosen to spend a portion of their eternities roaming among the rows and rows of books.

Take the West Toledo branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system. This particular one is the branch of choice for Haunted Toledo. This is where we conduct the bulk of our production meetings and hold many of our public presentations. You can imagine our surprise when we found out it may also be haunted!

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As the story goes, the West Toledo Library is haunted by the spirit of a man who has been seen standing at the bookshelves, browsing the available titles, or seated near the west wall fireplace, reading through a newspaper or some other sort of periodical.

The stories I’ve heard are a little hazy as to if this spirit has been haunting the building since the 1940s or if he just looks like the sort of chap you might’ve seen walking around during that time period.

Eyewitnesses say his appearance resembles 1940s style and dress – well-groomed, a tailored suit complete with folded handkerchief in the breast pocket, and a fedora tilted rakishly on his head.

If you have any information about this particular legend, please let us now!

Photo Credits: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and The Buehrer Group

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