Tompkins County Research Service

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. Referrals will be given for information that falls outside of the library's collection.

Requests may be submitted via surface mail or email, or by completing the form below. 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.

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

Surface mail:

Tompkins County Public Library
Attention: Meghan Molloy
101 East Green Street
Ithaca NY 14850

Email: mmolloy@tcpl.org

 

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.

Note: If you experience difficulties with this form, please call 607-272-4557 ext. 253.

Upcoming Events

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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Offsite
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Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of "automatic pilot" mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, a...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Community Groups, STEAM
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8-12 year olds welcome to join us for outdoor board games this summer at the library! Learn a new game with local board game aficianado Mike Timonin or play an old favorite with a friend. Games and puzzles provided, but feel free to bring a favo...
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Sketching in the Park

6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Classes and Workshops, Offsite
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Seats Remaining: Unlimited
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Learn to draw from life - no experience necessary! Local artist Ten Van Winkle will lead weekly in-person, socially distant drawing classes. Registration not required but appreciated. Participants are encouraged to bring their own pencils, erasers...
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Virtual Live Chinese Storytime

11:30am - 12:00pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
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Come Join other families and friends for songs, rhymes, activities, stories, and books at our monthly virtual live Chinese (Mandarin) storytime on the first Thursday each month. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome!  Register...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
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Seats Remaining: 1
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Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Tom to learn how to navigate eBook or employment resources available through the library. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, the goal be to cover some of the following topics: Setting up t...
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Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Other
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Swoosh! A grappling hook just barely misses your face as automata pirates make haste to board your rickety airship. What do you do?  TCPL is inviting teen patrons to a weekly in-person theatre of the mind D&D game. Each gam...
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Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Offsite
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As a part of this year's summer reading program, TCPL is inviting patrons to join us on a tour of the Cornell Botanic Gardens.  Patrons and library staff will meet at the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, and will be led on the tour by garden staff...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
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We're moving Baby Storytime outside!  Caregivers and their babies are invited to join Cassie at the park next to the Henry St. John Building at 301 S. Geneva St. for music, rhymes, movement and books. On days we're unable to meet due to wea...