Note: 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.

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.

Buy Your Tickets Now! 

You’re invited to our virtual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser with Carl Hiaasen on May 25. Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor BMO Harris Bank! 

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State of the Foundation

Join us May 21 for our annual State of the Foundation virtual presentation to learn about the library’s accomplishments in 2020.

Wisconsin Book Festival

The 2021 festival season is in full swing! From short story collections to fiction to nonfiction, there’s something for everyone.

Long-Term Care Workshop

Watch a recording of our April 27 Educational Series presentation, Long-Term Care: Meeting Health & Personal Needs.

Gerrymandering Talk

Watch a replay of our February Educational Series event, Partisan Gerrymandering & Voter Suppression in Wisconsin.

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