Cornwall Public Library

Upcoming Events:

Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 4, 2024 @ 10:00 AM

All are welcome to join us for this important organizational meeting. Activities will include:

  • An opportunity for new people to join the Friends & volunteer.
  • Information about current and an opportunity to suggest future projects & activities.
  • A tour of the library, highlighting items donated by the Friends.
  • A brief business meeting to elect a Board of Directors.

Refreshments will be served.

Friends Used Book Sale

Saturday, May 18, 2024

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

General Information:

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.
  • raise 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, which is located in the library’s lobby. The bookstore is staffed by volunteers six days a week. Its current hours are:

PO Box 396
Cornwall, NY 12518
Marion Thomas, President

MONDAY 10:00am – 3:00pm

TUESDAY 10:00am – Noon & 1:00pm – 3:00pm

WEDNESDAY 10:00am – Noon & 1:00pm – 3:00pm

THURSDAY 10:00am – Noon & 1:00pm – 3:00pm

FRIDAY 10:00am – Noon

SATURDAY  10:00am – 12:30pm

The Friends Bookstore provides the community with a great way to recycle and to support the library. They gratefully accept donations.

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 or contact Charlotte Dunaief, Library Director, @(845)534-8282, ext. 2001 or You can also e-mail the Friends directly at

Bookstore Donations Policy:

We accept only the following items. Must be in good condition.

  • Adult & children’s books, CDs, DVDs and books on CD
  • Fiction – no more than 5 years old
  • Non-fiction (History, Travel, Biographies, etc.)
  • Limit of 2 boxes/bags of above items per donor

Magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, condensed books, professional journals, records, VHS or cassettes.

Please place donations in the hallway bin or bring them directly into the bookstore during open hours.

DO NOT LEAVE BAGS/BOXES ON FLOOR IN HALLWAY, as this is a fire hazard. Please do not leave donations outside the building when the library is closed.

We reserve the right to turn down donations that do not meet the above requirements.

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