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.
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.