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.

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 more.

Guy Raz head shot

Lunch for Libraries

Join us on May 16 for our spring fundraiser featuring Guy Raz, author of the best-selling book and hit NPR podcast How I Built This.

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.

Devils Lake Wisconsin State Park

Discover the Outdoors

Watch our latest Educational Series event, Wisconsin’s Hidden Gems: State Parks, Forests and Trails, featuring the DNR’s Missy VanLanduyt.

Everything Must Go_Wisconsin Book Festival 2019

Support the Book Festival

Learn how you can become a Wisconsin Book Festival member, and view the schedule of upcoming in-person and virtual events.

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