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Reference librarians at Madison Public Library answer questions:

in person: visit the Reference desk at any Madison Public Library location
by telephone: call 608-266-6350 (Central) or any Neighborhood Library
via email (below): see what questions work best for email?

Please be as specific and complete as possible in your request. Try to include as many details as possible: names, dates, places, keywords, and context. A brief statement of the purpose of your request may help us provide a relevant answer.

Please tell us where you have already looked for the answer so that we do not duplicate your efforts.

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What questions work best for email?

Questions with factual, definite answers. Some questions are so complex that they require significant interaction with library staff and/or a visit to the library.

Questions for which you do not need an immediate answer. We respond to email questions by the close of the following business day (Monday-Friday). If you need an answer quickly, please call an open library.

What questions do not work well for email?

Questions about your library card record needing an immediate answer. Please see our check out policies or call an open library.