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.

Pumpkin Bling!

Pumpkin Bling!

Oct 22, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bling your pumpkin! We will have a pumpkin fashion show!

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Grey Lady Ghost Tour #10, 6PM

Grey Lady Ghost Tour #10, 6PM

Oct 23, 2014
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

The Grey Lady ghost tours are back! Let our FREE haunted tour get you in the mood for Halloween. Look for the world's most famous library ghost, Willard Library's Grey Lady!

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Grey Lady Ghost Tour #11, 7PM

Grey Lady Ghost Tour #11, 7PM

Oct 23, 2014
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

The Grey Lady ghost tours are back! Let our FREE haunted tour get you in the mood for Halloween. Look for the world's most famous library ghost, Willard Library's Grey Lady!

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Artwork at Willard Library

Photograph of Gray Davis Williams

Photograph of Gray Davis Williams

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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.