The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library

Construction of the new Pinney Library is underway, with expected completion in spring 2020. The new facility will serve as an east side community hub — a safe place to read, learn, relax and connect.

The new Pinney Library will be located in Ruedebusch Development & Construction’s Royster Corners, a mixed-use development four blocks east of its current location. It will become the heart of the east side in the same way that Sequoya Library serves the west side. The foundation wants tomorrow’s Pinney to meet the needs of industrious east siders who have a voracious appetite for lifelong learning, creativity and the sharing of knowledge.  

Madison Public Library Foundation launched The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library on Giving Tuesday in 2015 with a kickoff party at the Harmony Bar & Grill. Giving Tuesday is the charitable counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with giving in place of shopping. The foundation raised $15,000 at that party, which was doubled thanks to a $75,000 challenge grant from Lau and Bea Christensen, Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, and an anonymous donor. More than $10,000 was raised at the 2016 Give Back on Giving Tuesday event, $10,000 in 2017 and nearly $50,000 in 2018, thanks to a $25,000 challenge gift from Phil & Rhonda Plourd.

The foundation aims to raise $1.6 million in private funds for the $10.2 million project. Capital expenses will consume $1.2 million of that total, with an additional $400,000 earmarked for program costs and the library's endowment. As with previous library capital projects, any funds raised in excess of the goal will go into the endowment fund.

Why Do We Need a New Library?

To become a first-rate library like the recently completed Meadowridge and Central libraries, Pinney must relocate and expand. The current library is too small and can’t keep up with visitors’ demands. Its program room is often beyond capacity, computer stations are full, and study/lounge seating is inadequate.

An increasing number of residents near Pinney are underserved, and at several public schools within the library’s service area, more than 77 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Pinney will also serve a growing number of seniors, especially those just steps away in the 55-and-over housing adjacent to the library. This population is eager to gain new digital skills; attend educational, life-enriching programs; and interact with other community members.

Who Uses Pinney Library?

Pinney Library serves nearby neighborhoods including Eastmorland, Lake Edge and Schenk-Atwood, along with thousands of students who attend the 12 schools within a few miles of the library. But Pinney’s reach goes well beyond these areas to Monona and Cottage Grove while also drawing visitors devoted to its diverse programs. It's the third-busiest library of Madison Public Library's nine locations.

About the Project

The new Pinney Library will be pedestrian-friendly, with Madison Metro bus access, plenty of bike racks and lots of parking. It will be a model building for sustainability, with the hopes of attaining LEED Gold certification.

Other planned features include:

  • an expanded, flexible program room that seats 100
  • improved spaces for teens and children
  • updated technology, including a laptop checkout program
  • an outdoor space for events and programs
  • a quiet reading area
  • a drive-through book drop

Named Gift Opportunities

Many individuals, families, businesses and organizations want to demonstrate their support of the new Pinney Library with named gift recognition in a particular library area. View our Named Gift Opportunities Packet for details on various giving levels and how we'll recognize your gift. Gifts for particular library areas or features may also be anonymous.

Thank You to Our Campaign Committee

Thank you to The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library Committee for their volunteer work in raising funds for the library: Allen Arntsen, Paul Hoffmann, Heather Clefisch, Sarah Lawton, Phil Plourd, Jeff Ruedebusch, Miriam Simmons, Vern Stenman, Bill White and Tripp Widder.

Latest News

Pinney Library recently reopened in an interim location at 211 Cottage Grove Road. Visit the library's Pinney page for information about the interim location and for project updates.

Construction of the new Pinney Library began in early April following a groundbreaking ceremony at Royster Corners on Cottage Grove Road. View photos from the groundbreaking event here.

The new library is expected to open in spring 2020. View the most recent construction photos and architectural renderings here.

One Barrel Brewing Company's Toss a Buck for Charity program has chosen to support The Capital Campaign for a new Pinney Library in 2018! Stop by One Barrel to throw your dollars at the ceiling to benefit the new east side library. One Barrel will hold a Wrap-Up Party from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, January 17, for a last chance to donate. All money raised from the program will be donated to the Pinney campaign. Visit our event page to learn more. 

Public Art Applications Sought: Local artists are encouraged to apply for creation of two public art pieces that will be displayed inside or outside the new Pinney Library in Royster Corners. Opportunities include:

• two or three-dimensional artwork for the library’s Reading Room
• a sculptural element that creates a fence, wall or separating element for the outdoor courtyard

The art projects are funded by the Madison Art Commission’s Art in Public Places Program and a gift from Madison Public Library Foundation. Apply by January 15 on the Bubbler website.

How You Can Help

Your help is so important to our campaign’s success. A donation to the new Pinney Library is an investment in a better and brighter future for the east side. Please make yours today on our Donate page. You may also complete our pledge form to commit to a donation over a specific number of months or years.

This money raised will support:

  • Community Art: will include art throughout the building and Pinney Studio programs and supplies
  • Early Learning Programs: support for the new PlayLab including a volunteer docent program, take-home activities, play story stations/supplies, interactive play materials and training for in-home childcare providers
  • Teen and Adult Learning: programming and services for adults and teens including partnership classes, food access, bike repair and more

 You can also support the new library by:

  • attending our fundraising events (see above under Latest News)
  • becoming a member of the Friends of Pinney Library
  • volunteering 

Sign up for our email list below to receive information about events, and call 608.266.6318 to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Thank You!

We're grateful for every donation to our campaign. View a list of all Pinney campaign donors here.

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Campaign Progress

We've reached $1,233,326:
77% of our $1.6 million dollar goal!


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