Take advantage of these local library resources in Madison

From books and movies to STEM kits and energy meters, libraries offer resources to local kids, adults, and educators. Next time you’re checking out a book at your local library, check out what else is available to you.

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Madison Public Library’s Central branch is located on West Mifflin Street. | Photo by 608today

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Public libraries are so much more than a place to check out books. In Madison, there’s something for locals of all ages to take advantage of.

Madison Public Library

For adults

From tax assistance to genealogy information, there is a plethora of resources available to adults with a library card.

The “Library of Things” allows locals to check out a variety of items beyond books, such as:

  • Adaptive toys
  • BCycle Community Pass (and helmets)
  • Birding backpacks
  • Disc golf kits
  • Graphing calculators
  • HappyLights
  • Portable energy meters
  • Seeds for gardening
  • Video games
  • Vinyl records

For kids

Browse the virtual catalog of songs and stories online, or stop by one of the in-person storytimes which run multiple times a week at various locations.

Play spaces
Nine Madison Public Library branches have designated Play Spaces for kids. These areas are meant to promote conversing, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

For educators

STEM kits cover topics like tools, magnetism, color, and light. Each kit includes resources, books, and activities designed for children aged 3-5. Kits are available for 4-6 week checkouts to early childcare centers, preschools, and 4K classrooms in Madison.

Organization card
A Madison Public Library Organization Library Card enables after-school programs, preschools, day cares, and schools to borrow library materials for classroom use. Applications must include a written request and photo ID.

Dane County Library Services (DLCS)

Since 1966, DLCS has existed to guarantee equitable access to library services for all Dane County residents. The Bookmobile debuted in 1967, becoming an instant classic for locals and interested in literature.

Looking for a specific book? As long as it’s in the LINKcat database, you can call 608-266-9297 to ensure the Bookmobile stocks your request before it stops by a neighborhood near you.

The Bookmobile, a bright green bus with a map of the Madison area on the side, in a parking lot

Have you visited the Bookmobile? | Photo by DCLS

The Bookmobile is just one of DLCS’s many community services:

Readmobile | Working with community organizations, the Readmobile brings library resources and programs to at-risk youth.

Home Service | Materials are mailed to those unable to use the library due to ongoing physical conditions.

Talking Books | Braille, recorded books, and playback equipment for those who can’t read normal print.

Library materials provided to:

  • Assisted living facilities
  • Dane County jails
  • Day care centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Senior living facilities

DLCS is putting on a book sale this week at its headquarters.

When: Friday, March 8 (12-4 p.m.)-Saturday, March 9 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Where: 1874 S. Stoughton Rd., Madison
What: DLCS invites you to buy and check out books, music, and movies.