Adult & Young Adult Fiction

The library’s fiction collection focuses on current popular literature with a secondary emphasis on other 20th century fiction including classics, diverse genres, and special interests. This collection includes both hardcover and paperbacks. Literary genres include:

  • General Fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Mysteries, Horror
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Westerns

Adult & Young Adult Nonfiction

The nonfiction collection emphasizes timely, accurate, and useful informational materials to support individual, business, government, and community interests. This collection emphasizes materials that are current and high-demand. Materials are available for all ages and reading levels and in a variety of formats.

Children’s Collection

The children’s collection contains a wide variety of materials for children of all ages and their families. The book collection includes board books, picture books, early readers, fictional chapter books, and nonfiction.

The children’s collection also contains DVDs, audiobooks, and LeapPad education toys. A small collection of toys and simple puzzles is also available for patrons to borrow.

EXPRESS Collection

The EXPRESS collection consists of high-demand adult books (both nonfiction and fiction) and DVDs. These materials are intended for Monona Library patrons visiting the library building. Unlike regular materials, these books cannot be placed on hold or renewed.

Magazines & Newspapers

The library subscribes to over 100 magazines and newspapers in print. Titles include a wide variety of current events, general interest titles, as well as periodicals covering specific interests and hobbies for all ages.

Newspapers include:

Reference Collection

Reference works provide quick, concise, up-to-date information. Reference materials include such items as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, almanacs, directories, bibliographies, etc., as well as more specialized materials that directly support the information needs of Library users.


The library owns both feature films and non-theatrical titles in a growing DVD collection. Feature films include popular works, foreign films, classics, and children’s features. Non-theatrical titles include general non-fiction and short fiction works produced for the educational and home markets including documentaries, how-to,self-paced learning and instruction, sports, music, health, and more.


The library offers fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, young adults and children on CD. The library no longer orders books on cassette. The library also provides access to downloadable audiobooks through OverDrive.

Music CDs

The library offers musical CDs in a number of genres, such as pop, rock, country, classical, folk, blues, opera, world music, music for children, and musical and film soundtracks.

Español Collection

The Español Collection provides a limited collection of Spanish-language books of all types for patrons of all ages from picture books for children, to nonfiction for adults.

Memory Kits
Totes filled with themed items (DVDs, scent containers, photos, and other items) for caregivers of people living with dementia to create special moments. The themes are: Nature, Rural Life, Meditation, and Hands-On Fun! These kits are available for checkout to take home with you. 

Susan G. Komen Special Collection

This collection contains materials on breast health, screening, breast cancer, and women’s health and well-being for all ages. It includes books, DVDs and audiobooks in English and Spanish, picture books, as well as online and local resources. A special emphasis is on survivorship issues.

Parenting Collection
Materials useful to parents, caregivers, and educators. Books, DVDs, and magazines cover a broad range of topics such as activities for fun, homeschooling, healthy eating, discipline and concerns such as dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome, autism and sleep. This collection was started with a donation from the Gregory Family.

TAG Readers

As children explore books with Tag Readers, stories spring to life with beloved character voices, exciting sound effects and fun activities. Find TAG Readers with our Harriet Gregory Beginning Reader Collection.

Tween Books
With a donation from the Gregory Family, we created an inviting space for tweens and stocked it with graphic novels, mysteries, fiction and nonfiction. This collection is helpful to parents/caregivers who seek materials that are age-appropriate for their 9- to 13-year-old children.

Local Music Collection
This collection, initiated and funded by The Friends of the Monona Library, showcases the great diversity and local talent found in the Madison/Monona area and in Southwest Wisconsin. It includes a selection of folk, jazz, blues, rock, indie, classical, and more, and is a growing reflection of our lively local music scene.

Art Displays
Like the amazing art on the library’s walls? We do, too, and we thank Absolutely Art, one of our community partners, for providing a vibrant, ongoing showcase of local artists. Check out their store on Atwood Avenue and their website for more information,