Coronavirus Notice: Madison Public Library Foundation cares deeply about the health and safety of our donors, friends, volunteers and staff. We’re closely and constantly monitoring information from the State of Wisconsin, as well as Public Health of Madison & Dane County, to do our part to prevent the transmission of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The foundation office is closed to walk-in traffic, but staff are working remotely. If you need to get in touch, please call 608.266.6318 or send us a message. Our Lunch for Libraries spring fundraiser with Mark Bittman has been postponed; it is our hope that we can reschedule it for later in the year. Additionally, with all Madison Public Library locations closed, the library is offering a virtual library card and a variety of online collections, as well as virtual programs. There are several Wisconsin Book Festival virtual events planned, too. Visit the library website and for details. Looking for a way to support the library? Please give to our digital collections fund.

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.

 New Pinney Library

The Capital Campaign for a new Pinney Library is complete! Read about the new facility and view photos from grand opening events.

Support Digital Collections

With libraries closed, we have an urgent need to raise funds for digital collections and virtual programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wisconsin Book Festival

New live-streamed programs have been added, with more to come! You can also watch events from 2019’s fall festival celebration. 

Read Our Winter Newsletter

Meet our new board members and Lakeview’s new teen librarian, plus read about Bubbler-led maker education in local schools.

Select Us as Your Charity

When you shop on Amazon Smile, choose Madison Public Library Foundation to be your recipient charity so we get a small portion of your sales.

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