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.  

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Digital Collections

Although the libraries are closed due to COVID-19, cardholders are accessing digital collections for learning and entertainment. You can help support this cause and have your gift matched!

Annual Fund

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


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 a variety of fundraising events each year, as well as donor recognition events and financial education workshops to help donors make the most of their giving. 

Giving Later

A legacy gift demonstrates the ultimate commitment to sustaining the libraries beyond your lifetime. It’s a smart gift, too, because it can also bring benefits to the donor.  

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.

Wisconsin Book Festival

This year-round celebration of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and other literary forms brings acclaimed authors to Central Library and other venues to encourage reading and discussions.

About the Festival

Since 2002, the Wisconsin Book Festival has brought thousands of local and internationally acclaimed authors to downtown Madison in celebration of literacy, conversation and ideas. Presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with the foundation, the festival offers year-round events led by authors representing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, spoken word and other genres. The 2020 festival celebration is scheduled for October 15–18. 

Most events are normally held at Central Library, with some at other libraries, local bookstores and UW-Madison campus venues. Approximately 15,000 people attend festival talks each year. However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is live streaming its events.

What makes the festival an incredibly successful Madison tradition is that all events are FREE and available to the public. To achieve this, the foundation raises half of the festival's $250,000 annual budget through private donations.

Join a community of readers, book lovers and enthusiastic supporters and ensure the festival's future as a vital part of Madison culture by contributing today.