Coronavirus Notice: Madison Public Library Foundation cares deeply about the health and safety of our donors, friends, volunteers and staff. To prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the foundation office is closed, but staff are working remotely. If you need to get in touch, please call 608.266.6318 or send us a message. All Madison Public Library locations remain closed, but the library is offering curbside service for materials pickup and returns at all nine locations, plus computer appointments at eight locations, a virtual library card, expanded digital collections and online programs. The Wisconsin Book Festival has shifted its programs to a virtual format, too. Visit the library website and for details.

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.

Read Our Winter Newsletter

Four join our board, Pinney Library achieves LEED Gold certification, the Wisconsin Book Festival reports a highly successful year, and more.

Thank You for Your Gifts!

Year-end donations to our annual fund were matched dollar for dollar, thanks to an anonymous contribution of $75,000.

Ways to Give

Not sure where to direct your donation? We’ll help you understand your options, from library endowment funds to legacy gifts.

Wisconsin Book Festival

Watch recordings of 68 virtual author programs from throughout 2020, and see what the festival has in store for 2021.

Watch Past Workshops

Did you miss our Educational Series workshops on topics like estate planning and medical literacy? We record them all! Watch now. 

Read Our Annual Report

Browse our snapshot of 2019 to see the library and foundation’s many accomplishments, made possible with donor gifts.

“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