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. 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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2022 Annual Report

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

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College Savings Workshop

Learn how to best pay for higher education by watching our most recent virtual Educational Series presentation.

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Fund ‘Library of Things’

Read our spring appeal to discover the wide range of items and experiences that your modern-day library provides.

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Wisconsin Book Festival

The spring festival season is in full swing! Learn how you can support free, year-round author programming and view the schedule.

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Read the Latest News

Visit our news page to read stories about how our donors’ investments in the library make a profound impact on community members.

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Lunch for Libraries Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended or supported our sold-out spring fundraiser featuring best-selling author Emily St. John Mandel! 

“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