Friends of Cornwall Library


PO Box 396
Cornwall, NY 12518
Jane Harkinson, President

Founded in 1983, the Friends of Cornwall Library is a volunteer-driven, registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose goals are to:

• promote public awareness of Cornwall Public Library and its services
• raises funds for library initiatives
• contribute to the cultural enrichment of the local community

The Friends’ fundraising takes place through receipt of annual membership dues and sales in their Used Bookstore that is located in the Library’s lobby. The bookstore is staffed by volunteers six days a week. Its hours are:
Monday: 3:00 – 4:30 pm & 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 3:00 – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm & 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Thursday: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Friday: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Friends Bookstore provides the community with a great way to recycle and to support the Library. They gratefully accept donations of gently-used hardcover and paperback fiction and non-fiction books (no older than 5 years), children’s books, audio books, DVDs and CDs. Please bring donations to the library during open hours. Do not leave them outside the building at any time. Items must be in good-to-excellent condition and CANNOT INCLUDE magazines, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books, or textbooks.

Beyond gently used books, audio books and movies, the Friends also have an array of unique items suitable for gift giving — books on local history, two of which the Friends published: Cornwall, Images of the Past by Janet Dempsey, Colette Fulton and James O’Neill; and Cornwall Revisited by Janet Dempsey. The organization has also published historic note cards and postcards.

New Friends are always welcome! Annual Membership is $15.00 for an individual and $25.00 for a family. To join and/or to contribute, please stop by the library and ask for a Friends Membership envelope.

For more information about the Friends, please visit the Bookstore, stop in the Library and speak with Mary Lou Carolan, Library Director, or call her at (845) 534-8282, ext. 201. You can e-mail the Friends directly at