Monthly Archives: October 2019

Popular Haunted Places of San Diego and USD Campus

With the end of October just around the corner, the Halloween spirit has been making its way into San Diego. Haunted house attractions have been set up around town and many horror movies have been coming out in the theaters. Many of them include some of the most popular myths and urban legends from around the world but did you know that San Diego has its own urban legends that you can visit right now?

The Whaley House, located in Old Town San Diego, is said to be the most haunted house in the United States. Many reports say that the spirits of Thomas and Anna Whaley (the original owners of the property), “Yankee Jim” (a man said to be executed on the land where the house stands now), and several other ghosts that include several other women, children and animals have been seen there.  Please use the link below if you want to hear more about the history of this haunted house:

The famous Hotel Del Coronado is also said to be haunted by the ghost of Kate Morgan (AKA: The Beautiful Stranger) who was a woman that was found dead on the property in 1892. It is said that she haunts the room that she stayed in while there and even the beach near the hotel. The link below can explain further details about this ghost:

The University of San Diego even has its very own myths and urban legends. One of the most well-known stories is about the ghost of the Blue Nun. No one really knows who she is but many people have said that they have seen her spirit wandering around campus. If you would like to hear more USD urban legends, the USD New Center website wrote a short article about some of the most well-known ones about the campus and you can use the link below to check them out:


If you would like to read about more San Diego urban legends, check out the book, ”San Diego specters : ghosts, poltergeists, and phantasmagoric tales” by John Lamb, from our collection.

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Library Renovation Phase III: Floor Framing, Duct, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Work

This past few months, and presently, the library’s renovation crews continue to be extremely busy. Copley Library’s renovation project is moving on schedule. We can’t wait for the drywall to start going up next month on both floors of the library. Before that can happen, duct work must be finalized in order to move on to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work essential for what’s to come over the next six months: new floors, signage, furniture, digital screens, AV rooms, etc. On the lower level stacks in Camino Hall the renovation crew is in the middle of floor framing and will start with its electrical and mechanical upgrades at the end of the month. 

As the project keeps moving along, furniture, layout, and signage decisions will take on a greater role. All three of these items are essential toward creating the new Copley Library. The new furniture will be comfortable and modern, the new signage will be more prominent and useful, while the new layout will allow for easier flow between the user areas such as Reference Services zone and the Access Services Desk. 

The library’s vision of creating a more inviting and dynamic space for the university community will be achieved through a holistic interior design approach. The Research Zone, study rooms and open study spaces, and Access Services Desk will flow more organically due to the open concept layout chosen by the architects and built by the construction crew over the next few months.  

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In other news, look out for our first contest of the semester during the week of Halloween!  Check us out Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more information about library hours, services, workshops, and contests.

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