Special Collections

Anna Mae Mitchell
About Anna Mae Mitchell Anna Mae Mitchell was born on August 29, 1910 in the Miller family home at 643 East Dayton Street in Madison, Wisconsin. She married Ernest Mitchell and with her two sons from a previous marriage, began their lives together. Mae, as she was known, had six more children with Ernie and adopted one more. They raised their family in the environment of much love, nurturing, and strong values. When her children were young, Mae was involved in school PTAs, Mother’s March of...
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.
Pop Culture - Hawthorne Branch
About the Pop Culture Collection The Hawthorne Branch Library knows that experiencing what once was "popular culture" gives us a window to view our past and gain perspective on our culture. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, Hawthorne has exended its collection of pop culture media. The collection focuses on DVDs of classic films and television programs, along with supplemental books. How can I contribute to this program? Please contact Marc Gartler, Branch...
Rental Collections
Can't wait for the latest best seller, but don't want to buy it?  Support your library by using our rental collections.  All library locations have rental collections of new and popular books and DVDs.  These collections are only available on a first-come, first-served basis inside the library. Rental fees are: Books: $2 for 7 days DVDs: $3 for 7 days Funds gained from rental collections are used to purchase additional rental titles as well as books and DVDs for regular...
Small Business and Entrepreneurs - Central Library
About the Small Business and Entrepreneurs Collection For years, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and people interested in working for themselves have been relying on the resources of the Central Library to find the information and support they need for their small businesses. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, the Central Library has injected new life into the existing business resources collection and hosts classes & events related to small...
Strong Families - Meadowridge
About the Strong Families Collection The Meadowridge Branch Library recognizes the importance of strong families in building a strong community. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, Meadowridge expanded its collections and programming supporting family literacy and successful parenting. How can I contribute to this program? Please contact Alice Oakey, Branch Supervisor, at 288-6160 or aoakey@scls.lib.wi.us to Suggest complimentary programming Start a strong...
Sustainable Living - Pinney Branch
About the Sustainable Living Collection The Pinney Branch recognizes the importance of "living green." Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, the Pinney Branch has expanded its collection of materials on sustainable living and provides programming and events emphasizing ways in which everyone can contribute to sustainable living for our future. The collection, including new periodicals, adult, teen and children's books, includes information about green building...
Too Good to Miss
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.  Not all locations have this popular collection. See a list of the titles that have been featured on past Too Good To Miss Displays.
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. The Central Library has dictionaries and books for learning 68 different languages. For over 25 of those languages we have a representative sampling of fiction and nonfiction books...
Yahara Music Library
Madison Public Library and Murfie Music are pleased to announce a new way to discover, collect and enjoy local music: the Yahara Music Library at yaharamusic.org.  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. Musicians with...