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 novel coronavirus (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. Our Lunch for Libraries spring fundraiser with Mark Bittman was rescheduled for June 18 in a live-streamed format. All Madison Public Library locations are closed, but the library is offering curbside service at eight locations, plus 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.

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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.

Lunch for Libraries June 18

Lunch for Libraries with food writer Mark Bittman has been rescheduled as a live-streamed fundraiser! Tickets go on sale Monday, May 11.

Curbside Service Begins

Madison Public Library is now offering curbside service at all locations except Alicia Ashman, which is being remodeled.

Wisconsin Book Festival

New live-streamed programs have been added, with more to come! You can also watch events from 2019’s fall festival celebration.

Read the 2019 Annual Report

We just released our snapshot of 2019! View it to see the year’s many accomplishments, made possible with donor gifts.

How to Download eBooks

Watch an instructional video by librarian Sean Ottosen to learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks via OverDrive and the Libby app.

 New Pinney Library

The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library is complete! Read about the new facility and view photos from grand opening events.

“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