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.

Willard Library Will Be Closed for Labor Day

Willard Library Will Be Closed for Labor Day

Sep 01, 2014
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Willard Library will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 1 and will reopen on Tuesday, September 2 at 9am.

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Better Books Book Sale

Better Books Book Sale

Sep 02, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Antique, rare, signed 1st editions, sets and collectible books on sale at greatly reduced prices when compared other antiquarian booksellers.

Sale open during regular library business hours.

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 Apples and Answers

Apples and Answers

Sep 03, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Nutrition and beauty all rolled up in a wonderful apple!

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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

June 8, 1982

A devastating storm separated part of the Library's roof from the building, toppled one of the chimneys, and destroyed cornices, gutters, and more than half of the roof slates. The repairs cost $140,000 and took almost a full year to complete.