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.

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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Mystery Sleuths

Mystery Sleuths

Sep 08, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Murder She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder
by: Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain

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Artwork at Willard Library

Photograph of Charles H. Butterfield

Photograph of Charles H. Butterfield

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Willard Library History

August 1896

Suit was brought against Willard Library by Willard Carpenter's daughter Louise, to recover property held by the Library. In the suit, the would-be heiress, having been snubbed by her father, claimed that he had been of unsound mind and had been unduly influenced in establishing the Library. The court found in favor of the Library.