Next Friends Booksale – October 23-24, 2015

The next sale is being held in conjunction with the Madison Public Library’s hosting and sponsorship of the Wisconsin Book Festival.  Check back in September for more information on the materials that will be featured.  In the meantime, check out our Book Store on the first floor of Madison’s Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street.

Revenue from FMPL book sales goes back to the library for books, materials, programs and services to benefit the entire Madison community.  Come, shop, enhance your own collection and help the library at the same time.

Book Store Manager for Library Friends

Do you have Retail experience to share for a good cause?  Do you have a flexible schedule?  Can you work effectively with volunteers in a collaborative environment?  If this sounds like you, the Friends of the Madison Public Library is looking for you!
The Friends Book Store Manager is a self-starter who can:
  •   manage the day-to-day operations of our Book Store and its volunteer staff
  •  effectively communicate with the Friends Board, Library staff and fellow volunteers
  •  post information and photos to social media sites
This is a great volunteer opportunity for you to serve your community.  Please note this position may involve moving books and other merchandize and some evenings and weekends as necessary.  To learn more and apply, please contact Carol Chapman at


Hi, Friends!

It’s August, which means its time to pack up and move (if you’re a student, or you’re renting, or you’re adventurous, that is) and, often, that means you’re looking for a place to donate your things: kitchen supplies, clothing, and books.

The Friends bookstore can’t help you with your kitchen supplies and clothing (though, that could be fun), but we’d love to take extra books off of your hands. We keep the Bookstore stocked with all kinds of books – everything from contemporary fiction, to biographies, to children’s literature, to young adult novels, to travel books, and everything in between. So! If you’re moving, and you’re thinking of donating some books, consider the Friends. We’ll accept almost anything in good, readable condition – except textbooks. Those, unfortunately, we cannot accept.

If you have questions about possible donations, please feel free to reach out to us via email. Otherwise, feel free to drop books off at the Friends Bookstore (located on the first floor of the Madison Public Library), during open hours.

And remember: donating old books means you’re really just freeing up space for new books, so. Who’s the real winner here?