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.

Check Out Recreational and Sports Equipment

Check Out Recreational and Sports Equipment

Apr 25, 2016 - May 25, 2016
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Bring your family and enjoy Willard Library Park!

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Why People Kill, Why They Don't

Why People Kill, Why They Don't

Apr 29, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for an exciting digital presentation, “Why People Kill, Why They Don’t,” by retired Evansville Police Department detective and author, Rick Reed.

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Willard Kids Ukulele Recital

Willard Kids Ukulele Recital

May 02, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Free and open to the public. Come and hear our Willard Kids play!

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Artwork at Willard Library

Photograph of the Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 1998

Photograph of the Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 1998

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Willard Library History

January 1887

The City Council released Willard Library real estate from delinquent and current taxes and from assessments for improvements, in exchange for 296 feet of frontage on Water Street adjacent to the City Wharf.