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.

Back to School Bash!

Back to School Bash!

Aug 30, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

School is back in session! Join the Willard Library Movie Club.

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Duct tape fun

Duct tape fun

Aug 31, 2016
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Clever fun with duct tape.

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Better Books Book Sale

Better Books Book Sale

Sep 06, 2016 - Sep 13, 2016
9:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Antique, rare, signed 1st editions, sets and collectible books on sale at greatly reduced prices when compared other antiquarian booksellers.

Sale open during regular library business hours.

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Artwork at Willard Library

Photograph of Martha Orr Bayard

Photograph of Martha Orr Bayard

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Willard Library History

1944

Throughout the war, used books withdrawn from circulation were donated to military bases, with books in German going to prisoners of war facilities. Two hundred and forty volumes were put aboard an LST that sailed from the Evansville Shipyard on Christmas Eve, 1944.