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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Save the Date for Ex Libris XI

Our fall fundraiser is back! Pencil November 5 onto your calendar. This year’s theme is “New Recipe.” Tickets go on sale in late September.

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Cybersecurity Workshop

Watch our September 14 Educational Series virtual event, Get Cybersmart, to learn how to guard your data and use technology safely. 

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Read Our Latest Newsletter

Review the Wisconsin Book Festival’s fall schedule, learn about the library’s Parents as First Teachers program and more in our fall newsletter.

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Fall Book Fest Schedule

See which authors will be coming to Madison or appearing virtually this fall as the Wisconsin Book Festival kicks off the 2021-22 season.

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.

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.

“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