About Us

About Us

Beyond the Page creates opportunities to celebrate and explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.




Who We Are

Beyond the Page is an endowment which funds free humanities programs at Dane County libraries. We strive to allow member libraries, both individually and collaboratively, to offer a rich variety of public humanities programming. We also encourage libraries to build upon already substantial collections and programs for patrons and to craft new partnerships with humanists and humanities programs throughout the county.


Our History 

In 2011, the Beyond the Page Endowment Fund began through the collaboration of Dane County libraries and the Madison Community Foundation, with the goal of increasing program funding for the libraries.  A 3:1 challenge grant of $350,000 was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, matched by Dane County libraries and the Madison Community Foundation.