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.

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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Art For the People: The Fate of Scandalous Art in Nazi Germany

Art For the People: The Fate of Scandalous Art in Nazi Germany

Apr 29, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

You've seen the Oscar nominated film, "Monuments Men," now come to Willard Library to hear about the history behind the movie.

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Artwork at Willard Library

Portrait of Willard Carpenter

Portrait of Willard Carpenter

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Willard Library History

February 28, 2011

Library Director, Greg Hager presents a proposal to the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau for a 2.4 million dollar, 8,000 square foot below ground expansion of Willard Library for the purpose of housing the library archives and containing a gallery capable of seating 150 people. Willard Library, having already raised 1.5 million dollars, announces that this would be the first ever physical expansion of Willard Library.