Until recent years the Carnegie building
was a branch of the Belfast Public Library.
Carnegie Library on Donegall Rd, Belfast
Now inhabited by upmarket creative designers and
architects, it is said that at one time it was home
to a ghost. Locals speak of lights coming on in the
building late in the night and sometimes the big internal
doors could be heard banging. Is this true or myth?
Do you know anything about the Carnegie ghost? Do
you know anyone who worked there through the years
who might know more? Please let us know. Just reply
to this article...
Did you know?
If you type "Carnegie Library" in a web search engine
you'll quickly discover that there are lots of Carnegie
Libraries. Here's just some of them:
Pittsburgh - http://www.clpgh.org
Marion, Illinois - http://www.sirin.lib.il.us/docs/mrn/docs/lib/
Albany, Missouri - http://carnegie.lib.mo.us/
Howell, Michigan - http://hcdl.howell-carnegie.lib.mi.us/
Paulding County, Ohio - http://pauldingcountylibrary.org/
Union County, SC - http://www.unionlibrary.org/
Washington DC - http://www.hswdc.org/City_Museum/Carnegie_Library/Carnegie_Library.asp
Boulder, Colorado - http://www.boulder.lib.co.us/branch/carnegie.html
Homestead, Munhall - http://www.einetwork.net/ein/homested/
Paxton - Illinois - http://www.ltls.org/pnn.html
Beaver County, PA - http://www.co.beaver.pa.us/Library/midland.html
Stephen George Henry Miller - Apr '07
My back garden faces the Carnegie Library and i
purchased my house for the splendid view it creates
from my kitchen window. In the year i have lived
beside the old library, i have indeed noticed a few
strange goings on... In particular one night nearing
halloween. I stepped outside at around midnight and
heard what sounded like a ghost wandering the halls
of the building, wailing and moaning. The noise was
very audible and certainly not a result of an overactive
imagination. Being of a nervous disposition, I instructed
my girlfriend to go outside to the carnegie and see
if she could see any spirits, ghouls or ghosts. After
a few minutes she returned, pale and in shock with
a look of horror in her eyes. Eventually she came
round and informed me of what she had witnessed.
She had walked up to the library, following the sounds
of the wailing and looked in the window... As she
stood, motionless, peering inside to catch a glimpse
of the ghost she suddenly saw it!! It was not ins!
ide but outside the library. The ghost it turns out
was a local drunk who'd been rolling around moaning
on the street, desperate for some money to buy 'a
coffee'. So there you go, if you do hear the ghost,
indulge him with a can of strong cider and he'll
leave you alone.
Marie Toner Moore
I think the public library on the Falls Road is also
a 'Carnegie' building. I have reason to be grateful
to Andrew Carnegie as I 'haunted' the aforesaid building
as a child avid for books but without the wherewith
all to acquire any other than by borrowing them. I
remember the liberian at the 'Falls' used to chase
me when I tried to borrow two books on the same day!
I'm glad to say those days are gone and my grandchildren
are welcomed, not to say enticed, into their local
library and given every encouragement to enjoy their
visit. No amount of discouragement worked with me
however and today I came out of Oxfam's Dublin Road
bookshop with two bags of lovely 'preread' books same
as I do most weekends.