Read with Us!


Love talking about a good book as much as you do reading it? Then take a look at the many ways you can interact with fellow readers - online and off. See what our book clubs are reading next. There are meetings at several different branches, and each group tends to focus on a different type of book. We also offer online discussion groups, challenges and annual summer reading programs.

Madison Mega Marathon


Do you want a fun, motivating challenge? Try the Madison Mega-Marathon! The challenge is to read at least 1 book each week of the year for a total of 52 books. Be sure to sign up and let us know that you're joining the challenge! Go to and join the Madison Mega-Marathon group. You can sign up at any point throughout the year, no matter what month. We ask that you write a blog post to tell us your thoughts on the book and/or rate the book. This will help us know who has completed the reading goals and who is eligible for prizes.

Catalog and features

Access your library account, download items from the Netlibrary and Digital Media Zone or check out our hot titles, newest books and best sellers at the library by browsing our online catalog.

Axis 360 ebook collection

Browse our Axis 360 collection of ebooks, then read them using the innovative and state-of-the-art Blio reader on phones, tablets, music players, and more. View our My Account page for full access of this service.


With Freading HMCPL card holders can download books from the dozens of internationally known publishers supplying some or all of their catalogs, including Sterling, Sourcebooks, Workman and Kensington at no charge! With 5 tokens a week (each title is a set amount of tokens) you can download titles for 2 weeks. View our My Account page for full access of this service.

NextReads Newsletter Service


Are you looking for a few good books to read? Sign up for our e-newsletters and get great book suggestions by email. We'll deliver reading lists right to your inbox along with new gems, bestsellers, and related titles. You'll also be able to check immediately whether the items are available at your local library or whether they've been checked out.

HMCPL Goodreads

The HMCPL Goodreads group is open to all book lovers!

See what our staff is reading, connect with fellow readers, discover new titles at HMCPL, start or join a discussion on your picks and pans, and stay on top of literary events happening at the library.

E-books, audiobooks & more @ DMZ

The Digital Media Zone provides users with access to downloadable books, videos, and music online 24/7! Allows users to checkout and download materials to their computer, burn to a CD, or transfer items to their portable devices.

Novelist Plus

Looking for more books like your favorites? Want to find a new author? Can’t remember all the titles in a series? Novelist Plus has the answers. This great database contains fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from youngest readers to adults. Find reading recommendations and read-alikes connected to every single title, author, and series record.