About Madison Public Library

Madison Public Library's tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 135 years. Our nine locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days a week (with limited Sunday hours) and welcome over 2.35 million visits each year.


The Madison Public Library is an agency of the City of Madison. It is governed by a nine-member Library Board of Directors appointed for three-year terms by the Mayor of Madison. Functioning under the aegis of Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin Statutes, the MPL Board works in conjunction with the Mayor, Library Director Greg Mickells and staff, and the Madison Common Council to carry out the Library's mission in the community.

Madison Public Library is part of the South Central Library System, a cooperative network of 52 public libraries in a seven county area. The System offers a shared online catalog, daily delivery of books and media, and reciprocal borrowing privileges among libraries.

Madison Public Library at a Glance

In 2012, Madison Public Library...

  • Welcomed over 2 million visitors from Madison, Dane County, and beyond.
  • Circulated over 4.1 million library books and media from nine different library locations throughout Madison.
  • Facilitated over 682,000 in-library internet uses.
  • Engaged nearly 100,000 children and adults with library classes and events.