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Public Libraries in the Evansville Region

Central Library in Downtown Evansville

The Evansville Region is bursting with local libraries that are playgrounds for the mind, with endless possibilities to explore.

Not only do they have thousands of books, magazines, and newspapers to learn from; there are incredible programs available to suit kids and adults of any age. 

We want you to get the most out of the resources our libraries have to offer; so we’re taking you on a tour of some of the best Evansville Region’s libraries.  Whether you have young kids just being introduced to the world of literacy, or you’re an adult looking to take a class in graphic design; you better book it to the library! 


Willard Public Library - The Oldest Public Library in Evansville

This library has history! Dating back to August 23, 1876, Willard Carpenter sent a letter to library trustees outlining his plans for “The Willard Library”. That same day,  Willard and Lucina Carpenter deeded the land the library would sit on to the library trustees, and on March 28, 1885, Willard Public Library held its opening ceremonies. 

In 1972 Willard Library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the same year, the “Friends of Willard Library was formed to promote awareness of all that the library has to offer, increase financial support, and sponsor cultural programs for the community.

Willard Library Evansville

Willard Public Library Today

Today, patrons of the library take advantage of what was started in 1876. Since then, the library has expanded 8,000 square feet below ground to store library archives and open a gallery capable of seating 150 people. In 2015, the expansion was opened to the public, attracting visitors from around the nation. Now, the Willard Library provides services to help people of all ages to learn and grow. 

Programs and Services at Willard Library

Children’s Events and Services

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house! The Willard Library regularly hosts children's events that are designed to create lifelong readers. 

Adult Events and Services

  • Access thousands of print, audio and eBooks
  • Access eBooks, audio books & magazines on the Libby app
  • Attend a virtual author talk
  • Dive into the archives of historic photos 
  • Uncover the past with the help of the genealogy and local history department 

Willard Library is located at 21 First Avenue in Evansville, Indiana. To learn more about the fascinating history of Willard Library, and to search the library catalog, visit their website.

EVPL Central Exterior

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) has 8 convenient locations around the Evansville area. The EVPL encourages everyone to be curious and get involved!

No matter what side of town you live on, there’s an EVPL near you! For information, addresses, and operating hours for all 8 locations, visit their website.

Programs and Services at the EVPL

Children’s Events and Services - Ages 0-5

The EVPL knows that literacy skills are built early! For parents that need to get out of the house, or are looking for other ways to enrich their little one’s lives, these events are for you!

  • Storytime, rhymes, and songs
  • Play n’ Learn 
  • Baby n’ Me (ages 0-23 months)
  • Pre-K Science
  • Scavenger Hunts

Children’s Events and Services - Ages 6-11

For kids in Elementary School, The EVPL has programs and events to open their minds and keep them active.

  • Family Dancing Night
  • Reading with a Therapy Dog
  • Take-Home Science Activities
  • Crafts
  • Movie Nights
  • STEAM Club 
  • And more

Young Adults Events and Services - Ages 12-18

Programs for young adults are designed to help teens unwind and reinforce what they learn at school.

  • Drawing Club
  • Teen Quiet Space
  • Board Game Drop-in
  • Robotics Drop-in
  • Chess Time
  • Teen Gaming
  • And more

Adult Events and Services

For adults 18+, the EVPL has it all! 

  • Family Movie Night
  • Walking Club
  • Book Clubs
  • Yoga
  • Trivia
  • Tech Time - for any questions about technology and devices
  • Digital Archive - people, places, and things around Evansville
  • And much more

On top of the EVPL’s extensive catalog of books, you can rent DVDs, CDs, and even a lawnmower from the “Library of Things”!

Newburgh Bell Road Library

Newburgh Chandler Public Library

The Newburgh Chandler Public Library (NCPL) has 3 branches in Newburgh and Chandler, just minutes from Evansville. These libraries are fantastic places for quiet study, reading, and research. 

For NCPL branch addresses and operating hours, and to view their upcoming events and current library catalog, visit their website!

Programs and Services at the NCPL

Along with their expansive catalog of books, there are children, teen, and adult activities every month.

Children's Events and Services:

The Children’s area at the Newburgh Bell Road Branch has a colorful and inviting children’s section that’s perfect for reading time with your little ones. 

NCPL children’s events include:

  • Storytime
  • Mess Makers - play with art supplies
  • Pajama Storytime

Teen Events and Services:

The Teen department at NCPL is packed with awesome events!

  • De-stress: Be a Kid Again
  • Anime Club
  • Study Time
  • Seasonal Crafts
  • LEGOs
  • Teen area in the library with desks and computers 

Adults Events and Services:

For adults, the NCPL is THE place for learning new technology and meeting new friends!

Willard Public Library Stacked Books

Find Your Next Obsession at an Evansville Region Library

Public libraries in the Evansville Region have all the resources you need for learning, studying, researching, meeting new friends, and finding your new favorites. You’re sure to find books, programs, and services that will interest you!

Did you know?

Stories of the Grey Lady, a ghost that lives at Willard Library, have circulated since 1937 when a night custodian reportedly saw an “all grey lady” with grey shoes and veil.