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Pinney Library will close in its interim location at 211 Cottage Grove Rd. Feb. 16, 2020, and reopen at the new library at 516 Cottage Grove Rd. Mar. 12

Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library, currently located at an interim space at 211 Cottage Grove Rd., will close to the public at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. The library will remain closed during the move to the new library on 516 Cottage Grove Rd., and will reopen to the public at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 12 with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and resumption of regular service hours. A Grand Opening weekend will follow on Mar. 14 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Mar. 15 (1-5 p.m.)

Service Details for Library Customers

On closing day (5 p.m., Feb. 16)

  • Book drop at 211 Cottage Grove Rd. will close permanently on Feb. 16, 5 p.m., when the library closes.
  • Items on hold for customers at Pinney Library will be moved to Hawthorne Library (2707 E. Washington Ave.) and be available for pickup Monday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.

While the Pinney Library is closed (5 p.m., Feb. 16 – 11 a.m., Mar. 12)

  • Items checked out from Pinney Library should be returned to other libraries during this time. Nearest libraries are Hawthorne Library (2707 E. Washington Ave.) and Monona Public Library (1000 Nichols Rd.)
  • Book drops at both temporary Pinney Library (211 Cottage Grove Rd.) and new Pinney Library (516 Cottage Grove Rd.) will be closed.
  • Phone service may be intermittent during the closure, please contact Hawthorne Library (608-246-4548) or Central Library (608-266-6300).
  • Holds usually sent to the Pinney Library will be available for customer pickup at the Hawthorne Library (2707 E. Washington Ave.) unless otherwise specified.
  • No reservations for Pinney meeting spaces will be made during this time.

On opening day (Mar. 12, 11 a.m.)

  • Phone service begins at noon on Mar. 12.
  • Official ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Library will open for service when ceremony is complete.
  • Holds for Pinney patrons will be moved to Pinney Library on Mar. 12 and be available at noon.
  • Study rooms will be available for immediate use and reservation beginning Mar. 12 at noon.
  • Larger meeting rooms will be available for reservation beginning April 1, with reservations for dates in May and June.

About the New Library
The new Pinney Library is located in Ruedebusch Development & Construction’s Royster Corners mixed-use development located at the intersection of Cottage Grove Road and Dempsey Road in a 20,000 square foot space.  Construction on the building began in spring 2018.  In January 2020, Tri-North Builders are completing the interior construction of the space as designed by OPN Architects

“The Pinney Library is a much-needed asset to the East Side, and the space design and service planning came about from an intensive community planning process,” Library Director Greg Mickells said. “The expanded Pinney Library will allow us to serve more of the East Side community and meet demand for meeting spaces, technology, library resources, and expertise.”

The new Pinney Library at Royster Corners features expanded seating and meeting spaces; improved spaces for children and teens, including a PlayLab space for children ages 0-5; an outdoor space for events and programs; updated technology; a Studio for hands-on maker projects; a quiet reading area; permanent public art installations and temporary display space; and a drive-through book drop. The library will be a model building for sustainability, seeking LEED Silver certification achieved through energy efficiency measures, such as geothermal energy, and use of energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems. The project also includes use of sustainable materials including locally harvested ash trees, and encourages biking and use of public transportation.

“Sustainability is very much a part of our process when putting together beautiful new spaces like the new Pinney Library. It’s important to our work in the Engineering Division as a whole,” Engineering Division Project Manager Amy Scanlon said. “In addition to the vibrant colors, interesting spaces, and latest technology and resources in the new Pinney Library, the sustainable features we’re proud of include the use of geothermal energy, efficient lighting and natural daylighting, and the use of reclaimed urban wood in the interior finishes.”

You’re Invited: Pinney Gala Feb. 29, 2020

Tickets are now on sale for Love the Library: A Grand Opening Gala event for Pinney Library from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29. The gala will be the first glimpse of the completed project. The event will include food stations, beer and wine provided by east side restaurants, breweries and other businesses; musical entertainment by Angela Puerta and Carlos Ramos, Leotha Stanley and Friends, and Lynda & The ZEROS; an online silent auction; and more. Individual tickets are $175, or purchase a two-ticket Community Sponsor package for $500. Buy them online at

Madison Public Library Foundation is responsible for raising $1.6 million toward the $10 million project. The gala and other fundraising efforts will help to raise $175,000 still needed to meet that goal, with dollars surpassing the goal seeding the Pinney Library Endowment Fund. “Individuals, corporations and foundations have all been incredibly generous to support the new Pinney Library facility, programs and endowment,” said Jenni Jeffress, Madison Public Library Foundation Executive Director. “The foundation is excited to be part of creating a new library with much more community space on the east side of Madison.”

Learn More
Those interested in learning more about the Pinney Library project can visit the following sites for more information:

Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library page (sign up for email updates)

City of Madison Engineering Project Page

Madison Public Library Foundation’s Campaign for a New Pinney Library