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Books by Mail Service

Did you know? Through our Books by Mail service and in partnership with Foodnet Meals on Wheels, you can request books and audiobooks to be sent to you via the United States Postal Service, all at no cost to you.

If you are a homebound resident of Tompkins County and a client of Foodnet Meals on Wheels, Books by Mail will allow you to receive up to two items at a time, delivered to your home.

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Take and Make STEAM Kits: Make a Library Critter!

Find some glue and grab a pair of scissors because it’s crafting time! The TCPL Take and Make kits are back and we are excited to share with you a new kit full of fun crafting supplies.

TCPL is offering first-come, first-served Take and Make STEAM kits for families. These free kits contain a STEAM-based craft that families can work on together. While supplies last, families can pick up a kit during in lobby days or with their curbside pickup.

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"Book a Librarian" One-on-One Service

Announcing new “Book a Librarian” virtual meeting opportunities!

We're excited to offer patrons 30-minute one-on-one meetings via Zoom to discuss and help with a range of topics. Before COVID, a favorite task of Adult Services librarians was working with patrons and teaching new skills, ranging from computer help, to makerspace skills, genealogy, book recommendations and more. While all meetings will remain virtual for the time being, we look forward to chatting with and helping you soon!

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Support TCPL

Innovation arises out of necessity.

Here at the Foundation, we’re astounded every day by the generosity of donors like you who want to see TCPL continue to thrive and evolve.

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Express Browsing on Hold until January 5

Good afternoon,

With the Ithaca City School District switching to all virtual instruction, rising Covid-19 cases, library staff numbers already reduced, and many employees out, Tompkins County Public Library has made the difficult decision to stop Express Browsing until January 5, 2021 effective immediately.

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Curbside Service Update

Beginning November 30, you no longer need an appointment to use our curbside pickup service! Simply pull up in one of the designated spots on Cayuga Street, and call us using the number on the sign to let us know you’re here. We’ll get your holds checked out and bring them to your car. Please let us know if you are picking up Book Bundles.

Also starting November 30, our afternoon hours are changing--we will open at 2:00 instead of 3:00. See below for our complete hours.

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Take and Make STEAM Kits for Families

Thank you for crafting with us! All of the current Take and Make kits have been claimed and are unavailable at this time. We're putting together a new Take and Make kit that will be available sometime in the new year. Any questions or comments, please contact Joah Tang, Library Assistant, by email at

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TCPL Recommends, Fall 2020

Looking for a new book, movie, TV series, or podcast? Check out what TCPL staff have recently enjoyed.




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Express Browsing

We reopen for Express Browsing on January 5, following local and state health guidelines. Please note that the situation will evolve, and that we will update you as needed.

See below for answers to your most pressing questions!

What is Express Browsing?
We’re opening for limited, 30-minute browsing sessions during which you can select items to check out.

When is Express Browsing available?
You can browse during our lobby days on Tuesday and Thursday from 10-1 & 2-6, and Saturday from 10-1 & 2-5.

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Celebrate 20 Years on Green Street!

 In November of 2000, Tompkins County Public Library moved from Cayuga Street into the former Woolworths building on Green Street. This November marks the 20th anniversary of TCPL as you now know it, anchoring the busiest corner in Ithaca.

A lot has changed in twenty years—fresh faces, new spaces, expanded services and programs. Late fees have even been eliminated!

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Youth Services Penpal Program

Kids, we miss you!  To encourage a connection with the Library along with building literacy and writing skills, children can now be penpals with the Youth Services staff by writing letters to us! Make sure to include your return address and we'll write back.  Please address letters to:

TCPL Penpals
101 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Any questions?  Give us a call at 607-272-4557 ext. 275 or send us an email at


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Interlibrary Loan Service Announcement

As of September, 2020, we regret that we will no longer be able to offer Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL), which is the service that allows patrons to request books from libraries outside the Finger Lakes Library System (FLLS).

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