Welcome to Willard Library

Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana, is famous for personal service and treasured special collections. Make the oldest public library in the state your destination... whether you’re a genealogist seeking to uncover the past, or a reader looking for a great book for yourself or your children.

Toddler Time

Toddler Time

Oct 22, 2018 - Dec 29, 2018
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Come play, learn and make new friends!

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Mrs. President: A Visit with Mary Lincoln.

Mrs. President: A Visit with Mary Lincoln.

Nov 13, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mary Ann Mathews, of Indianapolis, Indiana, will present her play, Mrs. President: A Visit with Mary Lincoln.

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Trains, Trains Trains!

Trains, Trains Trains!

Nov 14, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Norman Morgan will be joining us to talk about his history with trains.

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Artwork at Willard Library

Watercolor Painting of Willard Library

Watercolor Painting of Willard Library

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Willard Library History

1898

During a game of tag, 11-year old Roy Kightly took a twelve-foot fall from the top of the Library's entry steps (then without a railing) into the adjacent basement stairwell, striking his head on the stone steps. Young Roy was made from stern stuff; he walked home afterward.