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.

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Our Libraries Are Open!

Madison Public Library reopened its nine locations to the public on May 24 after 14 months of closure due to COVID-19. 

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State of the Foundation

Watch a recording of our State of the Foundation annual presentation, which recaps 2020 library support. Passcode: C9S1*ddn

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$10K Match for New Donors

First-time donors are eligible to have their annual fund gift double, thanks to a $10,000 matching gift from Lau & Bea Christensen.

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View Our Annual Report

Browse our 2020 year in review to see the library and foundation’s many accomplishments throughout the pandemic.

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Read Our Latest Newsletter

Learn about planning for the Reindahl Park Imagination Center, the libraries’ reopening, We Read summer activities and more!

Long-Term Care Workshop

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

“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