This elegant building, – a big white colonial that has the look of a barn, a functional space with a distinct Cornwall character, was designed by Ken MacLean and opened on May 22, 2002. The north and south wings house the children’s room and the stacks. A wing to the east houses the meeting room with its own entrance off the rear parking lot. The main area features an open post-and-beam construction and allows light to come in through high windows. The Library serves the community hosting movies, art shows and authors’ readings as well as many programs on Zoom. The collection, now numbering over 28,000 items, is catalogued by computer.

Library Hours
Sun – 12 PM - 3 PM
Tuesday – 12 PM - 5 PM
Wednesday – 12PM - 7PM
Thursday – 12PM - 5 PM
Friday – 12 PM - 6 PM
Saturday – 10 AM - 2 PM

The Hughes Memorial Library is descended from the Social Library Society in the Town of Cornwall, established November 5, 1806. At first it was located in homes, the chapel in West Cornwall and then the West Cornwall Fire House. In 1940 the library moved to the West Cornwall School on Lower River Road