Ways to Give

How You Can Help

There are many ways to help us outfit Madison Public Library to better serve the community. Your generosity results in equal opportunity access for all, improved literacy, technology skills development and a thriving Madison community for years to come. We accept a broad range of contributions and truly believe that no act of giving is too small. Learn more about each of our giving opportunities below, or view our 2024 Opportunities to Give document.

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Annual Fund

Gifts to the annual fund support collections, technology, professional development, equity and innovation, and special requests from library leadership.

Wisconsin Book Festival

This year-round celebration of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and other genres brings acclaimed and local authors to Madison for free events that encourage reading and discussions.


Endowment funds ensure a perpetual stream of income to support the libraries and other efforts for years to come. Madison Community Foundation manages these funds.


We present two fundraising events each year, plus donor recognition events and financial education workshops to help donors make the most of their giving. 

Legacy Giving

Leaving a gift to our foundation demonstrates the ultimate commitment to sustaining the libraries beyond your lifetime. It’s smart, too, because it can also bring financial benefits.

Sustainer Program

We invite you to join our dedicated group of Sustainers. With automated monthly giving, you can help us provide a steady, predictable stream of income to your libraries.

Make a Stock Gift

View our stock transfer instructions to complete a donation of stock to our organization. 

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View Our Tribute Gifts

View our 2022 Tribute records. Tribute donations are made in honor or in memory of a loved one.

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Opportunities to Give

Learn about innovative library programs and other efforts in our Opportunities to Give document.