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.

Silent Sagas: Unsung Sorrows

Silent Sagas: Unsung Sorrows

Sep 24, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Local author Louella Christy Komuves courageously shares her personal journey

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There's More Than One Way to Get There

There's More Than One Way to Get There

Sep 25, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

A discussion about art making, quiet success, and being born in Evansville

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Who was Johnny Appleseed?

Who was Johnny Appleseed?

Sep 26, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

All of the apple trees that were planted back when Johnny Appleseed was alive are now gone.

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Artwork at Willard Library

Photograph of Willard Carpenter

Photograph of Willard Carpenter

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Willard Library History

1885

When the Library first opened its doors to newspaper reviewers, a reporter noted that there wasn't enough light fiction on the shelves.