The Lady in Grey

The Grey Lady

The Victorian building is a beautiful, Gothic masterpiece that is home to a vibrant library of artistic and cultural artifacts.

It's also home to a spiritual presence, an apparition, a veiled lady in grey... a haunting... a ghost.

The library's apparition roams in silence; we're not certain who she is.

Some say it's Louise Carpenter, daughter of the library's founder, Willard Carpenter. While Willard provided for his family upon his death, Louise was very unhappy when he left most of his estate to the new library. She sued and lost. Perhaps, some say, Louise nurses a grudge and haunts the property to this day.

Others disagree. The Grey Lady is not malevolent, as they assume Louise would be. In fact, library employees have come to see the Lady in Grey as another staff member. They know that every so often, they will see the Grey Lady.

And they do see her... often. There are reports of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ghostly encounters. Sometimes her presence is accompanied by the strong scent of musky perfume. Other times, she makes her presence known by moving books, adjusting lights, and turning faucets on and off. She is not malevolent, but she has many ways to let the world know she is here

Along with the Grey Lady, there have been many other entities spotted. One day, we may find out who is haunting the Willard Library. Until then, watch quietly. Perhaps you'll see our Lady in Grey or one of her companions as they pass in front of our cameras...

The Grey Lady ghost was first reported to have been seen in Willard Library in the late 1930s by a custodian. Since that time, those looking—and not looking—for the apparition have reported unexplained events and sights.

Who’s Looking?

The Grey Lady was last reportedly sighted on August 10, 2010 in the basement hallway by the Assistant Children’s Librarian.

Psychics visiting the library in 2007 say they were able to verify that a ghost has been there, and paranormal investigative groups have brought in equipment designed to locate it.

Several library employees have reported seeing the ghost, including Margaret Maier, Children’s Librarian, and Helen Kamm, Library Assistant.

During a visit to the library, lecturers from the University of Southern Indiana say they saw the ghost peering into water.

Policemen responding to a security alarm at the library spotted two ghosts in an upstairs window of the library.

A library patron reported an encounter with the Grey Lady in the library elevator, and a local weathercaster also reported an encounter with the spirit.

Hundreds of people look for the Grey Lady every October, during Ghost Tours sponsored by the library. Eight—hundred curious individuals attended the first such tour in the late 1990s, which have been a popular annual event ever since. Check the calendar of library events for upcoming tours.

Unexplained Occurrences

Water turned on or off

Smell of perfume

Feeling of cold


Books and furniture found moved

Feeling of touch on hair and earrings

Odd items found in library