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.

Emily St. John Mandel

Lunch for Libraries 2023

Our sold-out spring fundraiser will feature best-selling author Emily St. John Mandel! She’ll discuss Sea of Tranquility, her latest novel.

Exterior of Wisconsin State Capitol building

The Wisconsin Vote

Watch our most recent Educational Series event, The Wisconsin Vote: Partisanship, Polling, and Public Opinion, featuring Professor Charles Franklin.

Mom and child reading in Children's Area of library

Thank You for Your Gifts!

We’re so grateful for the many annual fund gifts in 2022 – and especially thankful to our matching donors for making them double!

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.

New Madison Public Library Foundation Executive Director Conor Moran

Read Our Latest Newsletter

Meet the foundation’s new Executive Director and three new board members, learn about the three spring Library Takeover teams, 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