Support Our Annual Fund

gifts go toward collections, from ebooks to audiobooks 

Help Offset Rising
Collections Costs

 Each year, Madison Public Library Foundation helps to fund the library’s collections. Materials have become more expensive, but because the city budget for collections has remained the same since 2008, the library must purchase fewer items. The foundation provided $50,000 for collections this year, focusing on eBooks, adult nonfiction books, Blu-ray discs and picture books.

We know that you care about the books, movies and music available for checkout at Madison Public Library, and we invite you to contribute to the foundation to support collections, as well as programs, equipment and community services at the library. Please make a gift to the foundation today. 

Your choice to support Madison Public Library Foundation has made a difference. As a new donor, your gift funds essential library needs, including collections, new computers, staff training and new programs. Your support helps to better our libraries, and we hope you will make a gift again this year.

The library circulated 3,575,215 items in 2018. Library Collections Manager Molly Warren notes that many patrons appreciate our collections and comment on the Too Good to Miss displays, receiving holds and outer library loans. Too Good to Miss was expanded to all nine Madison libraries thanks to donor contributions.

“A 10-year old boy came in with his mom, picking up holds on his own card for the first time. His mom walked him through the process of looking for his name on the holds shelf. When he saw that the new Wings of Fire book was waiting for him, he was very excited to tell me that it was BRAND new and that when his mom looked online, it wasn’t even available to BUY yet! I told him it had just come in, and he was thrilled to be the first one to check it out.”

– Jennifer Justice, Lakeview Librarian

The use of eBooks and audiobooks is a growing trend at Madison Public Library.  In 2012, eBooks and audiobooks made up 1.98% of checkouts. In 2018, that number has grown to 12.5%.

Purchases of these resources is more expensive than regular books. An eBook costs $43.90, while a hardcover book is $18. An audiobook costs $128.84 per copy, while audiobooks on CD cost $35. Because the collections budget has not increased in 11 years, the foundation plays a critical role in supplementing the purchase of materials to keep up with customer demand.

The foundation buys youth collections items, too, including picture books and audio-enabled picture books.

 The foundation supports collections, but it also funds programs and facilities. The new Pinney Library will open this spring, and the foundation is responsible for raising money from the community for this project. Foundation staff lead monthly tours of the construction site, so if you want to see the work in progress, please visit our website for dates.

I hope you agree that libraries and the many resources they offer are an important part of our community. Donors like you help to support world-class libraries with many services and programs here in Madison.

Please invest in your libraries today to help the foundation build a bright future for tomorrow.


Jennifer Jeffress
Executive Director

P.S.: Would you consider donating to the library each month? Become a Sustainer today, and set up your giving through a credit card or bank account. Indicate your monthly amount on the attached form or call the office at 608.266.6318 if you need assistance.