All Services & Collections
New audiobooks are available on Playaway pre-loaded MP3 players, including fiction, non-fiction, and foreign language materials.
The newest and most important, influential and interesting comics and graphic novels, as well as programming and events including film screenings, drawing classes and more.
Much like checking out a book at the library, this program allows community members to “check out” seed packets of 15 different vegetable varieties for at-home gardening. After growing the vegetables, participants are then asked to return the harvested seeds back to the library offering the program...
The SuccessU Collection at Goodman South Madison Library contains resources and information about education, employment, and housing. The library also offers classes and events promoting success in these topics and more.
The Film & Film History Collection at Lakeview Library includes films and books on film theory and history, and the Library offers programming and events, including film screenings, discussions and more.
The Local Materials area of the Central Library contains materials about Madison, Dane County & Wisconsin history -- past and present. These materials include books, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings, maps, government documents, newspaper and periodical indexes. For more information about local history, see our recommended internet sites on Madison and Dane County history, our Research Guide to Local History, or information about obtaining an obituary from the library.
“This is a generous and significant contribution to our libraries and we are grateful to the Madison Community Foundation for their ongoing support of Dane County libraries. The grants will allow us to offer in-depth specialty collections on topics of interest to Madison residents, and will provide much-needed funds to help combat shrinking book budgets and rising prices."
PRISM (People Resources in South Madison) established this multicultural collection for children at the Goodman South Madison Library in memory of Anna Mae Mitchell. These books, which span the breadth of cultures, races, and ethnic groups, are a lasting tribute to her life and work. To this day, the collection continues to be supported by her family, friends, and those who remember her important contributions...
Funded by Madison Public Library Foundation
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.
The Pop Culture Collection at Hawthorne Library focuses on DVDs of classic films and television programs, along with supplemental books.
Can't wait for the latest best seller, but don't want to buy it? Support your library by using our rental collections.
The Small Business and Entrepreneurs Collection at Central Library contains books and resources related to small business development, entrepreneurship, and market research.
Funded by the Madison Public Library Foundation
The Strong Families Collection at Meadowridge Library includes resources on family literacy and successful parenting.
The Sustainable Living Collection at Pinney Library contains new periodicals, adult, teen and children's books, and includes information about green building techniques, pollution and recycling, reuse of materials, and much more.
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.
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.
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.