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.

The Wonder of Summer

The Wonder of Summer

Jun 28, 2018 - Aug 04, 2018
9:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue or why some people can sing and others cannot? Ever wonder what kids around the world eat for lunch?

Save time and sign up for The Summer of Wonder Now!

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Family Movie Night Presents: UP

Family Movie Night Presents: UP

Jul 23, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Come enjoy UP with us in our beautiful Browning Gallery

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Bubble Science

Bubble Science

Jul 25, 2018
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Why do bubbles pop?Can you make colored bubbles? Join Sonny Fenwick here at Willard park. He will be answering these questions and a few more.

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Artwork at Willard Library

Blue Cloisonne Vases

Willard Library History

February 1958

The Library received a gift of $1,000 from Bessie Thrall, along with a letter asking "that the gift appear on the records as an endowment, the annual income of which shall be used to add to the present store of whatever things are good, true and (or) beautiful—preferably in the realm of art." That endowment was increased by subsequent gifts from Thrall in later years, and the interest was used to build a collection of art books and recordings.