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Willard Library, Evansville

21 First Avenue, Evansville


When you obtain a Willard Library card, you are celebrating an Evansville tradition of 120 years—patronage of the oldest public library in Indiana.


Built in 1885, the library is named after Willard Carpenter, a local philanthropist who envisioned the library to be a place that people of all races, classes, and sexes could use free of charge.


Hundreds visit the site each October to hunt for the Grey Lady on the library's ghost tours.


The National Register of Historical Places recognized the library in 1972 by listing it as a national historic site.


Photo by Lee Lewellen


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Taken on September 28, 2009