Building Expansion Project

The Willard Library Building Expansion Project is a 2.4 million dollar construction project to provide a contiguous 8,000 sq. ft. below-grade addition to Willard Library, the State of Indiana’s oldest public library building. A successful capital campaign has insured that this project is 100% privately funded through generous donations from private individuals, foundations, and corporate citizens.

The expansion, designed to enhance, rather than detract from the historic building and park, will have the appearance of a Victorian garden wall bordered by planting beds and fountains. The interior space will provide an expanded, more publicly accessible, Archives and provide for a Gallery in which art and historical exhibits can be displayed and program events can take place for adults and children. These significant exterior and interior enhancements are the logical conclusion resulting from our Library’s continuing successful plan to make our facility a local and national destination that has increased usage year over year by an average of 8.6%

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Project Photos

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Video Content

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Coming Soon


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Drawings and Renderings

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For more information related to the
Building Expansion Project, to make a multi-year pledge
or to secure an available naming opportunity
please contact:

Greg Hager, Director
(812) 425-4309