Last Updated: 05/17/2023

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See our Progress in a Time Lapse Video - by EarthCam®

Latest Update

Project complete.

Pinney Library in the News


Project Status Update as of February 21, 2019

The books have arrived!

The final items are being completed and the move from the former library space has started. The library will reopen at its new location on Thursday, March 12 at 11 AM. Read the full press release about the closure and the new library for more information about the space. If you are a visitor to Pinney Library, or serve clients in the Library's area, here is a complete list of service updates affected by the close.

Project Status Update as of December 09, 2019

Work continues and is nearing the final stretch. The interior finishes including restroom tile, glass walls and doors, plumbing fixtures, ceiling tile, casework and lighting are being installed. Before the end of the year, the wood trim and carpet installations will begin. After the new year, Tri-North will focus on the final details to prepare the space for the library to install technology and related equipment.

Project Status Update as of October 10, 2019

Work continues. The space is starting to feel like a library. The access floor is installed and the walls are framed and drywalled. Some walls are being painted. The installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems continue. The ceiling grids are being installed and doors are being hung. The exterior slab at the outdoor play area has been poured and the finish flooring material will be installed in late October. Please take a moment to view the progress on the Flickr page - link found above!

Project Status Update as of June 20, 2019

Construction continues. Interior walls are being framed and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are being installed. The installation of the access floor is scheduled to begin the week of July 8. Work on the outdoor play space will also begin mid-July. The drilling for the geothermal wells began this week. There are 21 wells that will be drilled to a depth of 400 feet each. When complete, the geothermal field will contain over 3 miles of piping.

Project Status Update as of May 03, 2019

Thank you to Ruedebusch Development and Connery Construction for completing the library shell.

Interior construction is now underway!

Tri-North Builders is currently moving into the site, setting up temporary electrical service, and laying out the interior spaces. During the next few weeks, the Contractor will be starting the geothermal work and installing wall insulation and structural steel.

The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is currently reviewing proposals for the two art installations that will be featured at Pinney. One art piece will be located in the north outdoor patio area and the other piece will be located in the Adult Reading Room. Visit Cap Times article Photos: Potential art for Pinney Library

New Pinney Neighborhood Library

The future Pinney Library location will be located in the Ruedebusch Development & Construction’s (RDC) “Royster Corners” mixed use development located at the intersection of Cottage Grove Road and Dempsey Road. The City of Madison is negotiating a purchase and sale agreement with RDC for 20,000 square feet of first floor space. The Common Council authorized an Architect Purchase of Service contract with OPN Architects, Inc. at the Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Common Council meeting. Programming and pre-design work will commence in summer 2017, with follow on design phases commencing in Fall/Winter 2017. Pinney Library construction is anticipated to commence winter 2018; and the current scheduled opening of the new Pinney Library is Fall 2019; pending completion of the Library gray box condominium purchase and sale agreement.

City User Agency: Madison Public Library

  • 1st Advertisement of Bids: December 13, 2018
  • Pre-Bid Building/Site Walk-though #1: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 2:00 pm at the project site, 516 Cottage Grove Rd.
  • Pre-Bid Building/Site Walk-though #2: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2019 2:00 pm at the project site, 516 Cottage Grove Rd.
  • SBE Pre-Bid Meeting: Friday, Feb. 01, 2019 1:00 pm at 1600 Emil St., Madison, WI
  • Bid Due Date: February 07, 2019
  • Award of Bid Approvals and Start Work Letter: March 2019
  • Expected Completion: January 31, 2020

All information regarding dates/times/locations are informational and should be verified with official bidding documents posted on Bid Express.

LEED Goals: LEEDv3 New Construction – target is LEEDNCv3 Silver

Interior Renderings of the New Pinney Neighborhood Library

(subject to change during the next phase of the design process)

Entering the library from the shared atrium:


Inside of the main library area looking at the circulation desk and entry:


Children's play lab area!


Preliminary Exterior Design of Proposed New Pinney Neighborhood Library

(subject to change during the next phase of the design process)

Street View from Cottage Grove Road (South Elevation view):

North Elevation View:

Project History

Visit the Pinney Library page for additional project background and updates.

March 05, 2019  File #54621
Awarding Public Works Contract No. 7662, Pinney Library

April 04, 2018
Groundbreaking Ceremony @ 10:30 am. at the future site of the new Pinney Library, Royster Corners on Cottage Grove Road

January 31, 2018
Members of the public are invited to join OPN Architects, library managers and staff, and city engineering staff as preliminary plans for the new Pinney Library are unveiled in a formal presentation on Wednesday, January 31, 6:30-8:00pm at the Pinney Library on 204 Cottage Grove Road.

November 9, 2017
OPN, City and Library Planning Staff will display Preliminary Floor Plan Concepts for Public Feedback
OPN Architects - Community Update Presentation

October 16, 2017
Interactive Community Update Session

July 19, 2017
Community Meet & Greet with OPN Architects

June 20, 2017 File #47499
Architect Purchase of Service Approval

June 20, 2017 File #47522
Purchase and Sale Agreement

June 20, 2017 File #47525
Authorizing Tax Incremental Finance Loan

July 05, 2016
Madison Public Library: Plan for service to Madison's Eastside (City Channel Video)

April 8, 2015 File #35627
Urban Design Commission Royster Corners Final Approval

Pinney Library in the News

February 25, 2020: Wisconsin State Journal

Photos: Look inside Madison's new $10.5 million Pinney Library        

February 25, 2020: The Cap Times

Take a sneak peek at Pinney, Madison's newest library   

February 25, 2020: Channel

Bring on the books! Grand opening weeks away for new Pinney Library location    

February 24, 2020: Wisconsin State Journal

After 7 years, Madison's new $10.5 million Pinney Library ready to wow        

February 17, 2020: Channel

Pinney Library temporarily closes to prepare for big move

February 04, 2020: Madison's Everyday Engineering Podcast (All Episodes available HERE!)
December 13, 2019: City of Madison News

Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library Opening Date Set for March 12, 2020June 15, 2019: The Cap Times

‘The sky is the limit’: Take a look at the coming east side Pinney Library
April 4, 2018: The Cap Times
New Pinney Library branch construction kicks off Wednesday

December 30, 2017: The Cap Times
Take a look at preliminary designs for the proposed Pinney Library

June 21, 2017: Wisconsin State Journal
Key financing for Royster Corners, Pinney Library passes Madison City Council

June 12, 2017: Wisconsin State Journal
Royster Corners project with new library poised to move forward

May 31, 2017: The Cap Times
Madison Pinney Library negotiations moving forward

April 11, 2017: Wisconsin State Journal
After long delay, developer moving to restart Royster Corners project

February 8, 2016: Wisconsin State Journal
After cleanup, Royster-Clark site re-contaminated with tainted fill material

November 28, 2015: The Cap Times
Pinney Library kicks off $1.2 million capital campaign for bigger, better library

October 22, 2015: Channel
Will Pinney Library last another year?

September 10, 2015: The Cap Times
Madison library officials protest one-year delay of Pinney branch relocation

December 5, 2013: Wisconsin State Journal
Developer seeking approvals for Royster Corners project

August 28, 2013: Isthmus
Will Madison find money for a new Pinney Library?