Special Collections

Anna Mae Mitchell
Anna Mae Mitchell A life-long resident of Madison, Wisconsin, Mae, as she was known, was born on August 29, 1910. She was the 4th child (of 6) of William Martin Miller and Anna Mae Stewart Miller, who were early leaders in Madison’s African American community. The Miller family home at 647 East Dayton Street is today a historic landmark. In 1935, Mae married Ernest Mitchell, a high school football legend and professional chef.  Mae and Ernie raised a family of 9 children (one adopted) in...
Playaway audiobooks are books pre-loaded on MP3 devices that you check out.  Browse the 230+ titles in alphabetical order, and place holds on the titles.  This is a relatively new collection and not all libraries carry them.
Pop Culture - Hawthorne Branch
About the Pop Culture Collection The Hawthorne Branch Library knows that experiencing what once was "popular culture" gives us a window to view our past and gain perspective on our culture. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, Hawthorne has exended its collection of pop culture media. The collection focuses on DVDs of classic films and television programs, along with supplemental books. How can I contribute to this program? Please contact Marc Gartler, Branch...
Rental Collections
Can't wait for the latest best seller, but don't want to buy it? Support your library by using our rental collections. Rental DVD collections are available at all our libraries. Rental book collections are available at Sequoya, Lakeview and Alicia Ashman libraries. These collections are only available on a first-come, first-served basis inside the library. Rental fees are: Books: $2 for 7 days DVDs: $3 for 7 days Funds gained from rental collections are used to purchase additional...
Small Business and Entrepreneurs - Central Library
About the Small Business and Entrepreneurs Collection For years, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and people interested in working for themselves have been relying on the resources of the Central Library to find the information and support they need for their small businesses. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, the Central Library has injected new life into the existing business resources collection and hosts classes & events related to small...
Strong Families - Meadowridge
About the Strong Families Collection The Meadowridge Branch Library recognizes the importance of strong families in building a strong community. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, Meadowridge expanded its collections and programming supporting family literacy and successful parenting. How can I contribute to this program? Please contact Library Staff at 288-6160 to Suggest complimentary programming Start a strong families book club Ask about donating materials...
Sustainable Living - Pinney Branch
About the Sustainable Living Collection The Pinney Branch recognizes the importance of "living green." Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, the Pinney Branch has expanded its collection of materials on sustainable living and provides programming and events emphasizing ways in which everyone can contribute to sustainable living for our future. The collection, including new periodicals, adult, teen and children's books, includes information about green building...
Too Good to Miss at Lakeview Library
Too Good to Miss is a special collection of popular books that are truly too good to miss.  Some are new and popular titles, others are older titles that might not have had as much media attention as an "Oprah book" but are still great reads.  See a list of the titles that have been featured on past Too Good To Miss Displays.
Instructional language records, cassettes, CD's and videos are available in the audiovisual department at the Central Library, with more limited collections at the branches. Foreign language feature videos are available at the Central Library. The Central Library has dictionaries and books for learning 68 different languages. For over 25 of those languages we have a representative sampling of fiction and nonfiction books...
Yahara Music Library
Madison Public Library and Murfie Music are pleased to announce a new way to discover, collect and enjoy local music: the Yahara Music Library at yaharamusic.org.  Yahara Music Library is an online music collection that celebrates Madison’s dynamic music scene by sharing local music with the greater Madison community. The diverse collection includes established musicians and up and coming artists who play everything from rock, hip hop, classical, and more. Musicians with...