Support Our Annual Fund


New Technology
Enhances Library Experience

“The new self-check machines allow patrons to check out their library materials quickly and confidentially. All visitors will have a consistent checkout experience across the nine libraries, plus staff can send important messages about programs and services to all patrons at checkout.”

– Margie Navarre-Saaf,
Borrower Services Manager 

Each year, Madison Public Library Foundation invests in technology at the city’s nine libraries. Most of those grants directly support patron needs, but some improve the internal function to help staff and patrons behind the scenes.

Contributions from our community make it possible to provide this level of commitment. We ask you to consider making a gift to the annual fund to enhance work in technology, literacy and community-building at our libraries.

Young man using computer in the library
Young woman using self-check at library

With funding from foundation donors:

Wireless printing is now available at all nine libraries, and patrons can print from computers or cell phones at the library, from their car or from home. In addition, all libraries have updated self-check machines, and many of the public computers have new monitors.

Mobile Device Manager (MDM) allows the IT department to simplify and automate the security and workflow of iPad/MacBook and other applications through an easy-to-use, web-based platform. This is an amazing timesaver and allows much faster service to patrons and staff. In addition, staff recently cleaned out each library’s IT closet and recycled 4,000 pounds of equipment!

• New cooperative gaming party bins provide eight iPads with interactive group games, including Minecraft. Cooperative game bins are used at all libraries for group activities. Parents can check out bins, and following a one-page direction sheet, they can run a co-op gaming party with kids interacting in the same virtual and physical space.

• For people in our community who have limited or no verbal abilities, the library is piloting an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device (iPad) checkout. Kids who are receiving services from a speech pathologist can use an AAC device to break down verbal barriers. A speech pathologist works with families to test out and set up these devices, with purchasing recommendations and software suggestions to complete the process. Three neighborhood libraries will have devices, and patrons can test Proloquo and TouchChat software to facilitate communication.

• With a $25,000 grant, the Collections department purchased Kanopy, a video streaming service to use at no cost with a library card. Since it was introduced in March, 2,282 library patrons have created accounts and streamed 101,000 videos!

Technology is just one of the efforts supported by annual fund gifts. Donations to Madison Public Library Foundation fund collections, staff training and educational programs each year. Each gift makes a huge difference to facilitate new ideas, like our new Birding Backpacks available for checkout at all nine libraries. Make a gift today to fuel innovation, community connections and literacy.

We’re grateful that you wish to make an impactful gift by creating access to education and resources for all Madisonians. Thank you for considering an annual fund contribution today.


Jennifer Jeffress
Executive Director

P.S. Wish to give all year long? Become a Sustainer and contribute a monthly gift. Visit our Donate page or call Elissa at 608.266.6318.