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.

Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Accused Women of Salem, 1692

Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Accused Women of Salem, 1692

Oct 23, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Learn about the history of witchcraft and folk magic in Colonial America.

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Pumpkin Bling

Pumpkin Bling

Oct 25, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Bling out your pumpkins!

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Grey Lady Ghost Tour 6pm

Grey Lady Ghost Tour 6pm

Oct 26, 2017
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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Artwork at Willard Library

Secretary-Desk, 1870s

Secretary-Desk, 1870s

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Willard Library History

November 4, 1989

Margaret Maier died. Known as "Miss Margaret" during her 50-year tenure as children's librarian, Maier was well-known for her annual Easter Egg Tree. She had helped several child patrons who later achieved national fame, including Bob Griese, Ron Glass, Tom Armstrong, and Andy Benes.