About the Library


On a June night in 1928 at the Pike Memorial Hall, Dr. Sherman Bonney of Denver, Colorado presented the keys of the Bonney Memorial Library to the Cornish Library Association. It was the occasion of the dedication exercises of the library, which Dr. Bonney built in tribute to his parents, Dr. Calvin Fairbanks Bonney and Mrs. Harriott Cheney Bonney. He closed his remarks with these words: "The donor has been permitted to honor the memory of his parents and at the same time make a slight contribution to the people of Cornish... Let its doors be open to all who care to read and learn."


Loan Procedures

Books, magazines, and audiovisual items can be borrowed for a three-week period. Reference materials and pop-up books are available, but Do NOT circulate.

  • Renewals permitted unless material is on reserve
  • Reserves: Materials may be reserved upon request at the circulation desk, by phone or through our online catalog.
  • Returns: After hours, materials may be placed in the book drop at the front door.


Interlibrary Loan

Materials not owned by the library may be requested from other libraries through inter-library loan. Ask librarian for assistance.

Mission Statement

 The Bonney Memorial Library endeavors to provide quality collections, resources, and services to meet and support the educational, informational, and recreational interests of all members of the community. Its doors are open to all who care to read and learn - providing materials, services, and programs to develop a diffusion of knowledge, promote responsible judgment, instill a tolerance for the rights and opinions of others, and develop charity and nobility of character.


  • Scott Cecil - President
  • Robert Tims, Jr. - Vice President
  • Colleen Tims - Secretary
  • John Bash - Treasurer
  • Thomas Carper
  • Linda Humphrey
  • Allaire Palmer
  • Eleanor Pansar
  • Lorie Pike
  • Mary Pingree
  • John Love honorary member



Cornish Association of Businesses (CAB)

Maine Library Association

Southern Maine Library District