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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Giving Tuesday

We’re kicking off our end-of-year giving season on November 30 with an anonymous matching gift of $80,000!

Year changing from 2021 to 2022

Year-End Giving Workshop

Learn effective strategies for maximizing your charitable contributions by watching our November 19 virtual Educational Series workshop.

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Ex Libris XI

Thanks to our sponsors, tasting partners, guests, musicians and others who made Ex Libris: New Recipe a night to remember!

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Watch Educational Events

Find recorded workshops our Educational Series page! Learn about finance, health literacy, cybersecurity and more from local experts.

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Reindahl Feasibility Study

We’re accepting proposals for a feasibility study that determines our fundraising capacity as we plan for a new library in Reindahl Park.

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