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.

Grupo Balanca

Ex Libris Vol. XII: New Recipe

Buy your tickets for our fall fundraiser! Enjoy an evening at the library with a delicious lineup of local food, beverages, music and more.

Family reading in library

Estate Plan Workshop

Watch a recording of our most recent Educational Series presentation, Estate Planning: Getting Started at Any Age.

Lunch for Libraries Sponsors 2019

Sponsor an Event

View our 2022 sponsorship menu to learn about the benefits of sponsoring one of our annual foundation fundraisers.

2021 Annual Report Cover

2021 Annual Report

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

We Read Madison_North Side Block Party

Read Our Latest Newsletter

Find out which authors will be at the Wisconsin Book Festival fall celebration, learn about Birding Backpacks and more in our fall newsletter.

State of the Foundation

State of the Foundation

Watch our recent State of the Foundation presentation, which provides a recap of foundation activities and accomplishments in 2021.

“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