Central Library

Central Library

The 145,000 square foot Central Library opened in September of 2004, replacing a 1930s building one-fourth of its size. Highlights include the READ Center with story room, enclosed garden and activity area, the Popular Materials Center which includes the Teen Zone, the Reference and Technology Center, the Indiana History Room, study rooms and meeting rooms, the Talking Books Service, a book store, and a café and café garden. In addition, local artists' work is found throughout the library. There are over 130 public access computers at Central. Wi-Fi and computer access are available throughout all EVPL locations.


Circulation Desk Circulation Services

Phone: (812) 428-8219
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Located on the first floor of Central Library, Circulation Services manages the Circulation Desk & self-checkout stations, oversees customer accounts, and re-shelves returned Library materials.

The Circulation Desk has 3 checkout stations, 2 stations for library card applications, and 2 self-checkout stations to better serve you. Staff offers assistance with the following services:
  • Apply, update, or replace a library card
  • Check out and check in materials
  • Renew Library materials
  • Pay fines or fees due
  • Answer questions about your account
  • Purchase a guest barcode for computer usage

PMC entrance Popular Materials Center

Phone: (812) 428-8246
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The Popular Materials Center is located on the first floor of Central Library. PMC is home to many materials & services, including the following:

  • Adult fiction, including sci-fi, mystery, paperbacks, & book discussion sets
  • Large-type books
  • Movies (DVD & VHS)
  • Music CDs
  • Audiobooks (CD, cassette, & Playaways)
  • Public-access computers
  • Reference service
  • Rooms for personal study or tutoring
  • Home to the Public Library Friends Bookstore

Reference Services Reference Services

Phone: (812) 428-8218
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Whether you're looking for small business resources, writing a term paper, or just wondering when Easter will be, the Reference Services staff is trained to answer your questions and help you find the best available resources. While we aren't able to give medical or legal advice, you can ask just about any factual question in person, by phone, or by e-mail.

Using our services

  • Stop by the Information Center, on the second floor of Central Library
  • Call 428-8218 during regular library hours
  • Online, go to the Ask EVPL page

Hanging out in the Teen Zone Teen Zone

Phone: (812) 428-8246
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Located within the Popular Materials Center on the first floor of Central Library, the Teen Zone is a reserved area for students ages 12-18. Special seating, eight teens-only computers, and ample study space make this area a popular after-school gathering spot!

The Teen Zone features the following materials & services:

  • Young Adult collection of teen fiction
  • Cliffs Notes
  • Teen book discussion sets
  • Teen magazines
  • Reference assistance
  • Regularly-scheduled events for teens, many that are student-led.

READ Center entrance READ Center

Phone: (812) 428-8225
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The READ Center Kids Zone, located on the first floor of Central Library, is an area for kids (ages 12 and under) as well as parents and teachers.

The READ Center features the following materials and services:

  • Children's Fiction & Non-fiction
  • Children's Audiobooks
  • Children's Magazines
  • Children's Movies (DVD & VHS)
  • Kids' Computers
  • Events for children & families
  • Educational Materials Center

Tech Center computers Tech Center

Phone: (812) 428-8200 x1515
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The Tech Center, located on the second floor of Central Library, provides the following services:

  • 27 public-access computers, available for up to 2 hours per user per day
  • Help Desk attendant available for assistance with Internet access and installed software
  • Black-and-white and color printing
  • Flatbed scanner
  • Public computer classes

Useful Information

Central Library
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47713
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Phone: (812) 428-8200

Monday - Thursday:9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday:9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday:9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday:1:00pm to 5:00pm

Central Photos

Front entranceCafé gardenCirculation desk & lobbyLobbyIndiana RoomQuiet Study RoomCup & Chaucer CaféCaptain READ's LandingCaptain READ's shipAt the helm