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. 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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2022 Annual Report

Read our annual report to learn how the foundation invested donor dollars in library materials, technology, programs and other efforts.

Tasting partners at Ex Libris 2022

Ex Libris: Local Flavor

Join us on November 3 at Central Library for a selection of delicious craft beverages and bites to benefit our libraries.

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Fund ‘Library of Things’

Read our latest appeal to discover the wide range of items and experiences that your modern-day library provides.

1993-2023 Happy Birthday to Us!

Celebrating 30 Years

This year marks 30 years of supporting the library with new and improved facilities, collections, programs, technology, and more.

Library Director Greg Mickells, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, and former Library Board President Jaime Healy-Plotkin

Fall Newsletter

Read our fall newsletter to find out what’s happening in the libraries, see the impact of your gifts, and learn about upcoming events.

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College Savings Workshop

Learn how to best pay for higher education by watching our most recent virtual Educational Series presentation.

“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