Building Better Libraries Every Day


What We Do

Madison Public Library Foundation promotes and supports Madison Public Library’s facilities, services and programs. Your gifts allow us to take the library beyond city funding to a new level of excellence designed to reach the whole community, because libraries are for everyone. A Madison, Wisconsin nonprofit organization, the foundation fuels literacy, opportunity and lifelong learning through equal access to free resources. Our work relies on charitable donations, corporate sponsorships, grants, fundraising event support and other generous investments that help us build better libraries every day.

Pinney Library Gala Feb. 29

Buy your tickets for Love the Library: A Grand Opening Gala for Pinney Library. Be among the first to explore the new east side facility.  

Lunch for Libraries

Acclaimed food writer and author Mark Bittman will be the featured author at Lunch for Libraries on May 7 at Monona Terrace.

Wisconsin Book Festival

It’s a new year, and that means new festival events! See all the new authors leading discussions this winter & spring.

Read Our Winter Newsletter

Meet our new board members and Lakeview’s new teen librarian, plus read about Bubbler-led maker education in local schools.

 Endowment Challenge

The Pinney Endowment Challenge is on! Help us raise $50,000 so we can earn a $25,000 grant from Madison Community Foundation.

2018 Annual Report

Read our foundation and library joint Annual Report for a recap of the year in photos and stories, as well as a list of all our donors.

The library works at all sorts of levels to make the community more knowledgeable and just a better place to be.”

– Diane Grypp, patron

“Madison Public Library cares about the atmosphere, and allowing the library to be a free community space, where no one is discriminated against. … It’s a safe place.”

– Hasan Kaya, patron