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Host Your Next Event at Central Library

Due to a high volume of applicants, 2025 Weddings have been Fully Booked at this time.  You are welcome to reach out to the Event's Team to find out how to join our 2025 waitlist.


********** Due to Cancelations we now have the following Saturdays available for 2024 Weddings (availability subject to change): June 15th, July 20th, July 27th, August 3rd. ************

We will begin booking 2026 weddings on April 1st, 2025


Hosting your event at the library provides your guests a unique experience while helping sustain one of Madison’s diverse community spaces.  All event fees go to support the Library’s service and programming.

Weddings, corporate meetings, gala receptions, performances, or community groups – we have the space for your next event.

The Central Library takes reservations for both private rentals & public community groups. For details about hosting events at one of Madison's neighborhood libraries, please see our Meeting and Study Room Policy and contact the location directly. 

If you are reserving a study room and are not a Community Group or Organization, please contact the library directly. For rental inquiries, city or federal, non profits, community groups or other organizations, please contact the Central Events Team at


** If you are trying to book a STUDY ROOM please contact your branch directly.  For STUDY ROOM reservations at Central please call (608) 266-6300**


Floor to ceiling windows give a dramatic backdrop to your big day

Community Groups

Receptions, galas and more. Make the Library part of your next event

Corporate Meetings

Natural light and AV set ups create a unique spin on meetings

Approved Caterers

Catering at Madison Public Library is provided through locally selected caterers who have been approved to provide food service at Central. Each of our approved caterers has liability insurance with the City of Madison. In addition, each caterer remits 12% of the total food and non-alcoholic beverage sales from an event to the City of Madison through Madison Public Library.

You may contract with any of our Approved Caterers directly with the contact information below.

Due to Public Health Food & Safety regulations, potluck or carry-ins are not allowed.

You are welcome to use the licensed vendor of your choice for the wedding cake (or equivalent) only. For Single Use Catering Options please contact Event's directly.

Adamah Café
Adamah Café and Catering is a program of the UW Hillel foundation. Promoting good healthy and kosher cuisine to campus and the larger Madison Community.
Contact Person: Ben Clark
Phone: 608-441-1574


Hearty, clean, fresh. Made-from-scratch
menu is based on traditional Mediterranean recipes, with signature Banzo touch.
Contact Person: Alissa Krueger
Phone: 608-441-2002


Blue Plate Catering
Award-winning, full service catering
featuring fresh, local foods and a dedicated event staff. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are available.
Contact Person: David Porto
Phone: 608-827-7200


Buck & Honey’s
Our mission is to consistently deliver creative, yet familiar food to create a memorable experience at a great value.
Contact Person: Emily Porter
Phone: 608-453-4062


El Pastor
Deliciously Authentic Mexican Cuisine.
Contact Person: Lino Ruiz
Please order via Catering Form

Heritage Catering
Farm to table cuisine, using only local
and sustainable ingredients.
Contact Person: Stephanie Reilly
Phone: 608-283-9502


Ian’s Pizza
Your favorite local pizza place will also
gladly provide the means for you to host
a pizza party of your own.
Contact Person: Nick or Staci
Phone: 608-577-7988


Just Veggiez (Vegan)
Flavorful plant based comfort food.
Contact Person: Chef James Bloodshaw
Please order via Catering Request Form

Ugly Apple Café
Locally sourced breakfast all day with a focus on reducing food waste.
Contact Person: Laurel Burleson
Phone: 608-352-8459


Gibs Bar currently carries the liquor license through the end of 2025. Any and all alcoholic beverage service must be sold and served through Gibs Bar. Gibs remits 20% of the total alcoholic beverage sales from an event to the City of Madison through Madison Public Library. Non-alcoholic beverage service may be arranged with the approved caterer of your choice. To reserve your bar service needs, please contact the vendor immediately upon reserving your room.

Gibs Bar

Craft cocktail bar, liquor permit holder.
Contact Person: Nathan Connor
Phone: 608-354-4521