Abandoned Libraries Will Break Your Book-Loving Heart

Abandoned Libraries Will Break Your Book-Loving Heart

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Few places are as chilling as abandoned libraries. Despair, Inc. could certainly use them to demotivate writers.

Palace of Culture Library by Timm Suess

If you’re like me, you may be wondering how a library even becomes abandoned? I mean, if you’re going to abandon a library how about you just give it to me instead. It’s always been my dream to live in a library.

Unfortunately, abandoned libraries do happen for various reasons.

In East St. Louis, for example, 10,000 books were accidentally left behind when its library moved. These books sat in the empty building for four years. [See the pictures and story.]

abandoned library and many abandoned library books
Photo Credit: Nathan Snider

East St. Louis is not the only city with an abandoned library. Detroit also has a few ghost libraries: onetwo and three.
Indiana and Virginia have a couple, too

And California:

Miller Avenue Abandoned Library by aaron.michels

It’s crazy that libraries become abandoned like this. You’d hope that it would never happen and that these might be just one or two exceptions. Unfortunately, we’re not done breaking your book-loving heart just yet. Here’s some even more abandoned library images.

The moral of the story?


That’s right, libraries and books everywhere are counting on you.

What do you think about these abandoned libraries? Do they break your heart or fill you with fear? Let us know in the comments below!

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