We received the following report of a possible apparition at this location.
In November 1999 myself and two friends were doing some research at the Toronto Reference Library. The building is open concept and about 5 stories tall so from any floor you can easily see below to the others.
We were followed over the course of three different floors by an impeccably well dressed man in black.
It was getting late so when we first noticed him following us we thought he may have been part of the security staff getting ready to hustle people out for closing. We all three noted there was something off or weird about him.
When he followed us to our final stop (the map floor) my friend and I decided to confront him and ask why he was staring and following us. When he was approx. 6-10 ft away we whirled around and started towards him, and at that moment we both look down and saw his shoes for the first time. They were old, with huge holes, could have even been two different ones covered in fresh mud and grass or hay!!!!!???? It was very weird!!! The rest of him was perfect, very clean, very well-dressed and normal .... but those shoes!!!!!
As we advanced upon him he bolted down a set of stairs and vanished! We were at the stairs within 1-2 secs and he was gone just like that with nowhere to go in an open concept building. It was like he just disappeared in the space of a few seconds! We were a bit shaken to say the least. We kept looking for him as the library was getting ready to close, but with no luck. My friend was the first in a nervous laughter to say maybe he was a ghost when we were safely in the car.