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.

Mom and child reading in Children's Area of library

Giving Tuesday

Beginning on Giving Tuesday (November 29) through December 31, all annual fund gifts will double, thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match!

Family reading in library

Estate Plan Workshop

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

Woman sampling drink at Ex Libris XII

Ex Libris Vol. XII: New Recipe

View the Flickr photo albrum from our November 4 fundraiser, which grossed $100,000+ for Madison Public Library.

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

See what’s in store for the Wisconsin Book Festival’s 20th anniversary, learn about the library’s new Birding Backpacks, and more.

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