The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library

Madison’s east side will soon have a new community hub — a safe place to read, learn, relax and connect — when Pinney Library opens in 2019.

The new Pinney Library will be located in Ruedebusch Development & Construction’s Royster Corners, a mixed-use development four blocks east of its current location. It will become the heart of the east side in the same way that Sequoya Library serves the west side. The foundation wants tomorrow’s Pinney to meet the needs of industrious east siders who have a voracious appetite for lifelong learning, creativity and the sharing of knowledge.  

Madison Public Library Foundation launched The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library on Giving Tuesday in 2015 with a Kickoff Party at the Harmony Bar & Grill. Giving Tuesday is the charitable counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with giving in place of shopping. The foundation raised $15,000 at that party, which was doubled thanks to a 2-to-1 match coming from a $75,000 challenge grant put forth by Lau and Bea Christensen, Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, and an anonymous donor. More than $10,000 was raised at the 2016 Give Back on Giving Tuesday event, and there is another event at the Harmony planned for Giving Tuesday in 2017.

The foundation aims to raise $1.5 million in private funds for the $10.2 million project. As with previous library capital projects, any funds raised in excess of the goal will be used to seed a permanent endowment for Pinney.

Why Do We Need a New Library?

To become a first-rate library like the recently completed Meadowridge and Central libraries, Pinney must relocate and expand. The current library is too small and can’t keep up with visitors’ demands. Its program room is often beyond capacity, computer stations are full, and study/lounge seating is inadequate.

An increasing number of residents near Pinney are underserved, and at several public schools within the library’s service area, more than 77 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Pinney will also serve a growing number of seniors, especially those just steps away in the 55-and-over housing adjacent to the library. This population is eager to gain new digital skills; attend educational, life-enriching programs; and interact with other community members.

Who Uses Pinney Library?

Pinney Library serves nearby neighborhoods including Eastmorland, Lake Edge and Schenk-Atwood, along with thousands of students who attend the 12 schools within a few miles of the library. But Pinney’s reach goes well beyond these areas to Monona and Cottage Grove while also drawing visitors devoted to its diverse programs.

About the Project

The new Pinney Library will be pedestrian-friendly, with Madison Metro bus access, plenty of bike racks and lots of parking. It will be a model building for sustainability, with the hopes of attaining LEED Gold certification.

Other planned features include:

  • an expanded, flexible 250-person program room
  • improved spaces for teens and children
  • updated technology, with more computers, laptops and tablets
  • an outdoor space for events and programs
  • a quiet reading area
  • a drive-through book drop

Latest News

The new Pinney Library is moving forward! The purchase agreement was signed on September 28, and there will be a groundbreaking event in late winter 2018. Pinney Library construction is anticipated to begin in 2018, and the new library is expected to open in 2019.

Join Us for Give Back on Giving Tuesday at the Harmony Bar & Grill, 2201 Atwood Ave., from 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, November 28. This family-friendly happy hour event features live music by The Mugs, plus food and drinks available for purchase. Admission is a $10 suggested donation. All proceeds will go toward the new Pinney Library.

How You Can Help

Your help is so important to our campaign’s success. A donation to the new Pinney Library is an investment in a better and brighter future for the east side. Please make yours today on our Donate page. You may also complete our pledge form to commit to a donation over a specific number of months or years.

 You can also support the new library by:

  • attending our fundraising events (see above under Latest News)
  • becoming a member of the Friends of Pinney Library
  • volunteering 

Sign up for our email list below to receive information about events, and call 608.266.6318 to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Thank You!

We're grateful for every donation to our campaign. View a list of all Pinney campaign donors here.

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Campaign Progress

We've reached $1,075,000:
71% of our $1.5 million dollar goal!


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