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.

Do It Yourself Backyard Camping

Do It Yourself Backyard Camping

Jul 01, 2015
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Camp out for the day at Willard Library. Have a safe and fun camping experience.

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Secretary of State Visits Willard Library!

Secretary of State Visits Willard Library!

Jul 02, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Secretary Lawson stops by Willard Library to read Three Cups by Tony Townsley!

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Independence Day

Independence Day

Jul 03, 2015 - Jul 05, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Willard Library will be OPEN:
Friday July 3, 2015 9am - 5:30pm

Willard Library will be CLOSED:
Saturday July 4, 2015

and will RE-OPEN: Sunday July 5, 2015 at 1pm

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Artwork at Willard Library

Drawing of Eleanor Johnson

Drawing of Eleanor Johnson

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Willard Library History

1898

During a game of tag, 11-year old Roy Kightly took a twelve-foot fall from the top of the Library's entry steps (then without a railing) into the adjacent basement stairwell, striking his head on the stone steps. Young Roy was made from stern stuff; he walked home afterward.