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.

Ya Ya

Ya Ya

Apr 21, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

My New American Life
Francine Prose

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Picnic in Willard Park

Picnic in Willard Park

Apr 23, 2014
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for a snack in the park. We will be participating in several outdoor activities during this program.

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Picturing Evansville: The Work of Karl Kae Knecht, 1906-1960

Picturing Evansville: The Work of Karl Kae Knecht, 1906-1960

Apr 23, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Take a stroll through Evansville's rich past through the photographs and cartoons of Karl Kae Knecht.

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Artwork at Willard Library

Photograph of Martha Orr Bayard

Photograph of Martha Orr Bayard

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Willard Library History

October 3, 1919

Well-loved Head Librarian Otilda Goslee died at age 76. Perhaps her greatest contribution to the Library was to firmly establish the tradition of warm, friendly service for which Willard Library had become known, and is still known today.