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.

Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night

Mar 28, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

"Fantastic Mr Fox"

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The Benefits of Reading Books

The Benefits of Reading Books

Mar 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Reap the rewards of reading with a local author!

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Ms. Margaret and the Egg Tree

Ms. Margaret and the Egg Tree

Mar 29, 2017
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Decorate Ms. Margaret's Egg Tree in 2017!

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Artwork at Willard Library

Oil-on-Canvas Portrait of Mary Elise Euler, 1944

Oil-on-Canvas Portrait of Mary Elise Euler, 1944

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Willard Library History

1909

Martha Orr Bayard bequeathed to Willard Library the books in her husband's library, to be used as reference books, along with funds to purchase cases for the books. These are housed in the second-floor Bayard Room, in memory of Samuel and "Mattie" Orr Bayard.