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.

John Baker Presents the Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation

John Baker Presents the Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation

Apr 28, 2018
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

A descendant of Wessyngton slaves, author, speaker and genealogist John F. Baker Jr., has written the most accessible and exciting work of African American history since Roots.

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Family Movie Night: A Dog's Purpose

Family Movie Night: A Dog's Purpose

Apr 30, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us to watch this high definition digital movie on our 164 inch screen with state of the art surround sound!

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The Launching of the Oliver Berry

The Launching of the Oliver Berry

May 02, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Susan Hansen will talk about her personal experiences during the launching of the ship, the Oliver Berry.

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Artwork at Willard Library

Oil-on-Canvas Painting of the Grand Canal, Venice, 1906

Oil-on-Canvas Painting of the Grand Canal, Venice, 1906

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Willard Library History

February 1958

The Library received a gift of $1,000 from Bessie Thrall, along with a letter asking "that the gift appear on the records as an endowment, the annual income of which shall be used to add to the present store of whatever things are good, true and (or) beautiful—preferably in the realm of art." That endowment was increased by subsequent gifts from Thrall in later years, and the interest was used to build a collection of art books and recordings.