As part of our Master Facilities Plan, the interior of EVPL McCollough is receiving a makeover in order to help fulfill EVPL’s Mission and Vision. To support the renovation, EVPL McCollough is closed to the public. A temporary location with most library services is open inside Washington Square. You can find updates on the progress of the renovation and answers to FAQs right here.

Construction and renovations are well underway, with an anticipated reopening date of mid-2024.

McCollough Renovation Updates

Below are photos of our renovation progress. See further below for FAQs, renovation plans, and what to anticipate when EVPL McCollough reopens.

Update 8 • January 11, 2024

Work continues on EVPL McCollough, with spaces getting wiring and paint. In this update, you can see future study rooms, the Children’s Area, and the new meeting room.

Update 7 • November 28, 2023

Drywall is going up inside EVPL McCollough to create spaces inside the building.

Update 6 • October 10, 2023

Framing is going up inside EVPL McCollough as the updates are taking shape.

Update 5 • September 13, 2023

Our temporary location inside Washington Square is now open! Stop by to browse our collection, enjoy a program, utilize our public computers, and more.

Take a look at the location

Update 4 • September 7, 2023

We can’t wait to open our temporary location inside Washington Square and welcome back our library users.

However, we are still waiting for an internet connection from our internet service provider. Without internet, we are unable to provide public computers, scan/copy/fax access, or even check out materials. Short-term solution attempts with hot spots were not successful.

Despite us trying to begin the process of switching internet to our new space several months in advance, we do not have a definite date of when internet will be established. We will keep you informed of any developments as we move forward.

We want to thank everyone for your continued patience! We are looking forward to connecting, discovering, and exploring with you soon.

Update 3 • August 22, 2023

Renovation work has begun at EVPL McCollough, beginning with some demo.

Update 2 • August 16, 2023

Books, movies, CDs, and more are being shelved at our temporary location inside Washington Square. This space will open soon with most library services.

Update 1 • August 1, 2023

Books, movies, music, and more are coming off the shelves and being boxed away! EVPL McCollough is officially closed and being prepared for significant renovations.

Items are being moved to a temporary location inside Washington Square which will open soon.

Renovation Plans

Several updates are coming to EVPL McCollough!

  • The Children’s Area is being updated, including the addition of an Activity Room
  • Lighting is being updated throughout the build
  • The Meeting Room will be moved and upgraded
  • A new Sensory Room
  • New furniture throughout the building
  • Four new Study Rooms


Why is renovation happening at EVPL McCollough?

EVPL McCollough is the oldest of our Regional Locations. In our Master Facilities Plan, it was concluded that an update to the building could redistribute interior space to further expand the Children’s Collection, add to public services with updated technology and infrastructure, and relocate the large meeting room to a more public zone of the building. These updates will allow EVPL McCollough, and the EVPL system, to support and serve all people, establish an equitable space, and strengthen our ability to cultivate curiosity by creating wonder.

When is EVPL McCollough closing and when will it reopen?

EVPL McCollough will closed to the public. A temporary location with most library services is open inside Washington Square.

With construction estimated to take less than a year, it is anticipated that EVPL McCollough will reopen in mid-2024.

How much will the renovation cost?

The anticipated total project cost is $4 million and is being funded by a bond issuance, which was approved by the Library Board and the Evansville City Council in 2022. The bond issuance keeps the library’s debt service tax rate neutral.

Where can I access library services while EVPL McCollough is closed?

Most library services are available at our temporary location inside Washington Square, which is .3 miles away.

Take a look at the location

Washington Square – McCollough is located at:

1108 Washington Square Mall
Evansville, Indiana 47715

Hours of Washington Square – McCollough are:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Materials can be returned to a book drop installed outside the location.

Info to know:

  • EVPL McCollough’s book drops are closed and locked while the building undergoes renovation.
  • About 45% of EVPL McCollough’s collection is available at our temporary space, Washington Square – McCollough. The collection was selected based on circulation rate and publishing date. The rest will go to long storage.
  • Most materials on shelves at other locations can be sent to Washington Square – McCollough for checkout. Learn how to place a hold on a title.

The closest EVPL locations to access all library services are EVPL East and EVPL Central.

Who designed the renovation plan and who is doing the construction work?

The final Master Facilities plan report was created by MKM architecture + design. The final Master Facilities plan can be viewed here. This comprehensive report provides recommendations for facilities improvements and expansion to ensure EVPL and our facilities continue to support the wants, needs, and aspirations of our community into the future.

After a public bidding process, it was decided that the construction will be done by Danco Construction, Inc.

What amenities are coming to the building?

In addition to updated lighting, new furniture, and a more efficient HVAC system, there will be several exciting upgrades in the updated EVPL McCollough.

  • The Children’s Area is being updated, including the addition of an Activity Room
  • The Meeting Room will be moved and upgraded
  • A new Sensory Room
  • Four new Study Rooms

McCollough Library History

The McCollough Library building was opened on July 13, 1965, and underwent renovations in 1996 and 2006. Over the years, this location has provided programs, materials, and offerings to hundreds of thousands of patrons of all ages. The library is named after Ethel McCollough, who was Evansville’s first professional librarian. She joined EVPL in 1912 and served as the leader of Evansville’s libraries until her retirement in 1947.

McCollough Renovations

Learn about exciting upgrades and updates coming to EVPL McCollough