Cornell Public Library - Logo
117 North 3rd Street · Cornell, Wisconsin 54732
(715) 239-3709



People looking at books


The Cornell Public Library was awarded a matching book grant in October 2018 through the Pilcrow Foundation Children's Book Project.  The Pilcrow Foundaton of Cottage Grove, Oregon was founded in 2013 to continue the work of the Libre Foundation.  Their misson is to provide, new, quality, hardcover books to rural public libraries across the United States.

To participate in the Book Project Grant, the Cornell Public Library and Friends of the Library needed to raise $400 for our contribution to the grant.  In hopes that we would receive the grant, we held a Bake Sale in Augugst at Tom's Sales and Service in Cornell.  We had an unbelievable response from the public in Cornell and in our surrounding townships! Not only did we receive an abundance of baked goods for the sale, we also had many monetary donations towards the project.  In total we took in just over $1,400!  The money not needed for the grant is being held by the Friends of the Library and will be used for future purchases of books for our Juvenile and Young Adult Collections.  We can't thank our community enough for the support we received for this grant.  In total we received 103 books with a value of aroung $1,700. We look forward to seeing lots of happy children in the library in coming months ready to read!  An Open House was held Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10AM to 2M for people to see and checkout the new additions to our collection.

Recent Donations to the Library

We have had numerous people drop off books to put in our book sale. Stop in and fill a bag for two dollars! All proceeds go back into the library towards the purchase of new items to add to our colleciton. 

We have many people to thank for donations both of items that we put on our sale carts and also items that are added to our collection. Sometimes we don't get the names of those donating items. Please know that we appreciate all the donations and THANK YOU so much! 

Books in several mystery series including Vera Stanhope and Inspector Montalbano, were donated and added to our collection recently by Mary Hatleberg. Bonnie Selmer has been donating a number of books in the Victorian Mansion Flower Shop Myseries series. 

The library has had a number of donations in recent months.  We have used these donations to add to our Adult Audio book collection.  We would like to thank the following people for making these donations possible: James Nowak, Linda Boettcher, Sandra Ricker, the CHS Class of 1964 in memory of Dick Churchill, Dan Clark, Tom Lairy, Bob McMahon and Corrine Turany Yohnk, Carlole Moussette in memory of Myrtle Horihan, Don Murley and Gladys Hartzell and Douglas Carlson in memory of Alice McMenamin.  Douglas Carlson also made a donation in memory of Glayds Hartzell.  He requested it be used for a subscription to Wisconsin Histroical Magazine. Patrons can now find that available at the library.  The library truly appreciates all the donations that are made.  They definitely help us to add more items to our collections in areas that we may not normally be able to purchase additional items like Adult Audio books on CD.

We would like to thank the family of Patricia Lind for the donation made to our library. Mrs. Lind served on our Library Board for many years and had requested that our library receive a portion of the memorials made in her name. The library will use the donation to replace our bench out in front of the library with a new polywood bench that should not need any upkeep. Quite often people can be seen using the bench while on our WIFI or sitting to talk or read. It is a much appreciated donation and we thank Pat's family.  

We were included in a grant from Chippewa County and received by the Cornell Senior Citizens Center. Our library received seven hundred dollars that we will use for Adult Large Print books and Adult Audio Books.  We appreciate being included in the grant and would like to thank Katie Matott for thinking of us!

The following people who made monetary donations to the library.  It is greatly appreciated. James Norwak and Linda Boettcher made donations early this winter and we appreciate their generousity.  Sharon Olson and Eugene Wilcox made donations in memory of Grace Shipley.  Carole Moussette and Craig and Sharon Shepard made donations in memory of Patricia Lind. Items will be purchased and added to our collection in their names. 

We often receive donations of used books, DVD’s and CD's. Most of these items are put on our sale carts and the proceeds from the sale of the items benefit our library. We would like to thank the following people for recent donations:

Jim Murphy, Kaleb Schulner, Mary Russell, Smith, Marie Ritter, Cheryl Bingham, Brian Comeau, Bonnie Selmer, and Carole Moussette,   We appreciate all your donations and help!

If you or your organization would like to make a monetary donation to the library or the "Friends of the Library" group, you can do so by contacting the library.

Donations can be made in memory of someone for the purchase of a book or books. Donations can also be made for future needs of the library. We are always finding areas of need within the library and our inventory.

You may want to check out our Amazon wish list if you would like to make a purchase yourself.

Continuing Donation

Over a number of years we have been receiving an ongoing donation on a monthly basis from several donors.  Eleanor Jones and Jan Klager along with Grace Shipley (now deceased) have donated to our library in memory of Abbie Jones.  Abbie Jones was a former teacher who volunteered at the Cornell Public Library decades ago.  We use their donations to add new items to our collection in a variety of areas including Large Print Books, Adult Audio Books and any areas we designate as in need of additional items.  Over the years we have added over 634 items to our collection with their help!  We appreciate what they have done for us in helping to build our collection with current items our patrons request.  When Grace Shipley died, we received addtional donations in her name.  Through the donations made in her memory we have added 56 books valuing around $800. We truly appreciate what they have done for our library!


Library Programs

Library Services

Thank You Notes


About Us


Mondays 1-7 · Tuesdays 1-5
Wednesdays 3-8 · Thursdays 10-5
Fridays 10-2 · Saturdays 10-2