About Willard Library

It is our mission to provide access to historical, recreational, educational, and cultural materials and services free of charge to all community residents, regardless of age, race, class, or gender.

When you obtain a Willard Library card, you are celebrating an Evansville tradition of 120 years—patronage of the oldest public library in Indiana.

The Willard Library staff looks forward to providing you with the personalized service for which the Library has been known since 1885.

General Information

See info on library cards, borrowing and returning books, placing holds on books, and overdue fines.


It’s easy to come to Willard Library, with our simple driving directions and interactive satellite map.


The Willard Library has a story of its own to tell, and it’s a tale with a few surprises. It all started in 1876...


See and learn about the artwork on display in the library, all without leaving your computer.

Lady in the Spotlight

The Grey Lady, whatever she—or it—may be, seems to have received more than her 15 minutes of fame. The apparition and her favorite library have been featured on the Ghosthunters television show; in a Discovery Channel documentary; and in local, national, and international radio and television reports.