Building Better Libraries Every Day


What We Do

Madison Public Library Foundation mobilizes the Madison community to continuously improve, promote and support Madison Public Library. 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.

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Book Festival Survey

Have you attended Wisconsin Book Festival events? Please take our survey! Your feedback will help us plan future author programs.

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Beginning Genealogy

Access a recording of our latest Educational Series event, Beginning Genealogy: Tapping Library Resources to Trace Your Family Roots.

Madison Public Library 2020 Annual Report

State of the Foundation

Watch a recording of our State of the Foundation annual presentation, which recaps our donors’ support of the  library in 2020.

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We Read Activities

Celebrate reading, take part in fun activities and pick up a tote bag this summer at a variety of We Read programs throughout Madison.

Madison Public Library 2020 Annual Report

View Our Annual Report

Browse our 2020 year in review to see the library and foundation’s many accomplishments throughout the pandemic.

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Read Our Latest Newsletter

Learn about planning for the Reindahl Park Imagination Center, the libraries’ reopening, We Read summer activities and more!

“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