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Friends of the Library

Friends of MPL LogoFriends of the Madison Public Library

The Friends of the Madison Public Library provide volunteer support and recognition, advocacy, and supplemental funds for special projects and collections enhance the Library experience. Each library has its own Friends group run by dedicated volunteers.

Want to join the Friends?  Look for membership forms at your local library, or visit web sites for Central and Pinney Library Friends' groups.


Library Friends Groups

To contact your neighborhood library's Friends group, please contact your local library manager or connect via Facebook or email, below.

Book Sale Donations
Most Library Friends groups host used book sales, which consist of books and other items donated by the public or discarded by the library.  We are happy to accept books in good condition, CDs, and DVDs.  Due to space limitations and lack of demand, we are unable to accept:

  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • VHS tapes and audio cassettes
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Spiral-bound cookbooks
  • Textbooks, computer, business, and travel books published more than 5 years ago
  • Books that are damaged or that have a musty or smoky odor.

Below is information for current donation acceptance ability for each library Friends' group:

Friends of Alicia Ashman Library
Drop small donations (one or two boxes) off at the library. Ask at the desk to arrange for larger donations.

Friends of the Madison Public Library (at Central Library) - Facebook | Website | Friends Book Store (201 W. Mifflin St., in the Central Library)
Drop small donations (one or two boxes) off at the Friends' shop during open hours.  For larger donations, please call 608-266-4875 to discuss.

Friends of Goodman South Madison Library - Facebook

Friends of Hawthorne Library - Facebook | email:

Friends of Lakeview Library - Facebook
Drop small donations (one or two boxes) off at the library.  If you have a  large donation, ask at the desk, or call us at 608-246-4547 to discuss.

Friends of Meadowridge Library - Facebook
Not accepting donations at this time.

Monroe Street Library League - Facebook

Friends of the Pinney Library - Facebook | Website | email:

Friends of Sequoya Library - Facebook | Store on Google Maps (6672 Odana Road) | email:
Drop small donations (one or two boxes) off at the library.  If you have a large donation, please call us in advance at 608-288-9848. We may not be able to accept the entire donation at one time. Donations may also be brought to our shop at 6672 Odana Road on Monday and Thursday mornings from 10am-noon.