Tompkins County Research Service

Tompkins County Public Library will provide limited research on topics of local history or interest where the information sought is unique to the collection of the library. This service is available to individuals and/or organizations for whom it is impossible to visit the library in person.

Requests may be submitted via phone, fax, surface mail or e-mail. There is a $40 per hour fee, with a $10 minimum due before research begins for the first 15 minutes. No more than one hour of research will be done per request. Up to ten photographed pages may be sent per request with no additional fee. The library will make every attempt to respond to a request within ten business days from the receipt of the request.

If more detailed research on topics of local history is required, the patron will be referred to the The History Center in Tompkins County or other likely sources.

August 28, 2007
Library Board of Trustees

Local History Online Collection

Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to provide online local history information. The library is dedicated to providing online access to relevant local history materials relating to Tompkins County and surrounding areas. Here you will find a variety of digitized materials from our print collection.

How to Request Research

Phone: Call Tom Burns, 607-272-4557, extension 253

Fax: 607-272-8111 (please include "Attention: Tom Burns" with your request)

Surface mail:
Tompkins County Public Library
Attention: Tom Burns
101 East Green Street
Ithaca NY 14850


We accept cash (if paying in person), check, Master Card and Visa. Checks should be made payable to Tompkins County Public Library.

Please do not submit your credit card information via the online form. We will contact you regarding your credit card information once we receive your request.

Tompkins County Research Online Form

Privacy Policy: In respect to your privacy, all information submitted is confidential and is only used to comply with your request.


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Note: If you experience difficulties with this form, please call 607-272-4556.

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