Annual Campaign

The Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation sponsors an Annual Campaign to enhance the Library’s services through promotion and funding. In the past, donations to the Annual Campaign have helped purchase new public computers, build the Story Time Room and create the Student Commons.

Contribute to the Annual Campaign

Gifts to the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation make enhancements to the library possible. This year, gifts made to the appeal will help with updating the Children’s Library board book area and improving the printing, scanning, and faxing options in the Adult Library. To make a donation, click the button below.

Why give to the Tosa Library Foundation?

Wauwatosa is a community of readers. Our Library continues to be the highest circulating library in Milwaukee County, and by every measure, more of us are using our Library more often than in any time in our history. We continue to have a great Library because of community support that enriches—rather than replaces—tax-based funding. Your tax-deductible contributions help us buy new books, host thought-provoking and fun events and continue to provide innovative library services.

For more information on our Annual Campaign, contact


Donate By Mail

If you’d prefer to make a gift by mail, please send your check to:

Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation
c/o Wauwatosa Public Library
7635 W. North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Donor Profile

Thomas Reich has worked in scientific publishing and is native of Wauwatosa. He attended Washington Elementary, Longfellow Middle School and Wauwatosa East before going to UW – Madison and Harvard Business School.  He would like to support a space to encourage more curiosity for students in science and technology and has committed to funding an endowment for the resources, equipment and programming within a proposed Maker Space.

Annual Campaign History

Your donations to the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation have allowed us to:

  • Design and create the first Student Commons in the Milwaukee County system

  • Help purchase and install an automated sorting machine

  • Convert the Microforms Room into additional meeting space

  • Purchase early childhood toys for the Children’s Library

  • Provide special programming for children and adults

  • Furnish the Children’s Library

  • Create the Children’s Story Room, featuring colorful, larger-than-life sculptures

  • Provide public access to the Internet (the first library to do so in Milwaukee County!)

  • Update the Children’s Library science collection

  • Establish a Business Center with online access to Standard & Poors and ValueLine

  • Purchase several desktop computers

  • Enhance the Recorded Books collection

  • Update the Library’s website

  • Provide 24-hour access to a live tutor through a subscription to

  • Purchase more books and more copies of popular titles for library patrons

  • Purchase a new AV system with a hearing loop for the Firefly Room

  • Purchase new chairs, tables and blinds for the Firefly Room, making it more comfortable and convenient to the many groups who rent it each year

  • Purchase new upholstered chairs with charging stations for the Adult Library

  • Replace the first-floor lighting

  • Introduce RFID circulation technology


“There is something for every member of my family at the library. Books are our number one priority, but the full experience keeps us returning week after week: the staff that takes interest in our interests, listens to questions and helps us navigate all the possibilities. That experience includes visiting the fish tank, checking out the new displays and playing with interactive screen-free toys and puzzles. The Tosa Library isn’t a stagnant space, it’s an ever-changing and evolving literary experience!” 

    – Kelcey Kalumbula

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“The Wauwatosa Public Library provides many important resources to our community. Most people think of access to information through books, but there is so much more. The library provides free internet, study spaces, local health and wellness resources, and a safe place for community members to gather. Through programming and monthly themes, the library encourages conversation and education about important and diverse topics and brings the community closer together.” 

     – Ally Armstrong