Nearly 80,000 people are expected to visit Evansville, Indiana for the total solar eclipse taking place on Monday, April 8, 2024. The logistics of that many additional people has emergency responders working to prepare, and has caused Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb to issue a State of Emergency for the entire Hoosier State.

Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed an <strong>executive order</strong> to support the anticipated needs of Indiana’s emergency response, transportation, communication and critical infrastructure systems due to the expected high-number of visitors traveling to the state to view the total solar eclipse.

That that many additional people in our city of 120,000 will undoubtedly cause some issues regarding traffic and potentially even problems with communications.

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EVPL Will Close All Locations for April 8th Eclipse

Citing "logistics," the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library says it will close all of its locations on April 8, 2024, due to the upcoming total solar eclipse that will impact the area, they said in a post on social media. They aren't the only ones either - just last week, Evansville Water Sewer Utility shared their plans to close the Sunset Pump Station to the public for the day.

All EVPL locations will be closed on Monday, April 8. This is due to the anticipated traffic and logistics surrounding the total solar eclipse.
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EVPL May Be Closed 4.8.2024 But Resources Are Still Available Online

The EVPL went on to remind patrons that all of their digital collections including books, comics, movies, magazines, and more are still available online by using your library card, and they can be found here.

READ MORE: Here's When the Eclipse Will Begin, End, and Reach Totality

Get FREE Eclipse Viewing Glasses at Any EVPL Location

In advance of being closed for the total solar eclipse, all EVPL locations have solar eclipse viewing glasses available for free while supplies last for those who visit the library. You do not need a library card to receive a pair of viewing glasses.

[Source: Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library via Facebook]

2024 Total Solar Eclipse Travel Packing Guide

The total solar eclipse is coming on April 8, 2024, but before you load up the car to go see it, you will want to be sure you have planned accordingly. From making your plans to being prepared when you get there, our Eclipse Travel Packing Guide can help!

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