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.

An Ex Libris Victory

Our fall fundraiser brought in a record-setting $72,000 in gross revenue! Learn more and view the photo album on our event page.

$70,000 Match for Donations

Now’s a great time to give back to your libraries: All gifts made before the end of the year will double, thanks to an anonymous matching gift!

Wisconsin Book Festival

Find out which authors will be visiting Madison for festival discussions this fall, and view highlights from the four-day celebration.

Pinney Tours

Interested in supporting the new east side Pinney Library? Join us for a tour of the construction site on November 22 or December 6. 

Gifts Support Endowments

Read our winter appeal to learn why 10 percent of our annual fund gifts each year support endowments to benefit our libraries.

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