Several years ago the Library Trustees identified deficiencies in the current Stowell building donated over 100 years ago. An Exploratory Committee was formed to evaluate the issues and create recommendations. During this time an offer was made by Colleen O’Neill to donate the vacant building formerly known as the Cornish General Store to be renovated and used as a new Library and Community Center. The Cornish Community Initiative supports this course of action and has offered to facilitate the property transfer as well as capital fundraising campaign and renovations. Warrant articles and agreements have been drafted to ensure there is no cost to the residents of Cornish for this process, and the CCI would gather the $2.5M+ required for the renovation and oversee that multi year process, at the conclusion of which the building is handed over to the town of Cornish. As of the March 2023 town meeting, Cornish voted to accept this project.

This page is designed as an information hub for the exploration and discussion of this plan and related impacts. Information will continue to reside here for historical reference as the project continues forward.

Exploratory Committee

Home Page
Committee Documents
Past Meeting Minutes
Survey Results – Results of a survey of public feedback and use assessment.
Majority Report


Following the successful town vote on the Warrant Article this year, fundraising and construction will commence as a multi year project.

A Building Committee will be formed that includes representatives from the Library Trustees, Cornish Community Initiative, at least one Cornish citizen with experience in construction trades, and the architect.  Their scope will include refinement of the existing plan, solicitation and consideration of past and ongoing input from the community, and assurance of meeting all standards as specified in the warrant article. This Committee may be guided by a Clerk of the Works.

FAQ and Information

This section focuses on factual information about the proposed library project. These items should be clear of any bias or opinion to allow readers to formulate their own conclusions.

Remind me, why are we talking about a new library?

What work has been done on the proposal so far?

Is it really the time for this type of project?

What are the next steps for this project?

What is the New Library Coalition?

Why was a Petitioned Warrant Article presented to the Cornish Selectboard for inclusion on the 2023 Town Warrant?

Cornish Library Facts: Parking

Cornish Library Facts: Library use is increasing

Cornish Library Facts: Operating Costs

Factual Facts and Nothing but the Facts

Cornish Library Facts: The Library’s Mission

Cornish Library Facts: Timeline of Stowell Library Improvements Discussions

Cornish Library Facts: Library Programs

Opinion Pieces

This section contains individual statements and analysis. While they may contain salient facts, they also contain opinions and feelings that may draw conclusions without allowing the reader to necessarily formulate their own. However, such opinions can be important to recognize in the context of a topic that pulls at the history of the Cornish community while proposing possible choices for the future.

Save Our Library

Exploratory Committee Minority Reports

Other References

Library Website

Valley News Article – 6/8/21
Valley News Article – 6/18/21
Valley News Article – 1/22/23