Books By Mail

Books By Mail

Tompkins County Public Library is happy to invite you to explore the extensive resources available to you, right in your own home. 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.

Whether you have a history of library patronage or borrowing books from TCPL is a new experience, you are free to explore our shelves from the comfort and safety of your own home. TCPL librarians are available to help you find just what you‘re looking for.

Tompkins County Public Library’s Books by Mail service provides books and audiobooks to homebound residents of Tompkins County who are physically unable to visit the Library. Patrons registered with the Books by Mail service may receive up to two (2) items at a time delivered by the US Postal Service to their residence.

If you can’t come to TCPL, then TCPL will come to you! With a diverse and current selection of fiction and nonfiction, you are sure to find something that meets your needs. The Library is more than a physical location: it is a state of mind where ideas are shared freely.

Foodnet Meals on Wheels

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for this program?
Homebound residents of Tompkins County who are Foodnet Meals on Wheels clients are eligible.

How do I sign up?
Your Foodnet Meals on Wheels delivery person has applications, or you can print off one at https://www.tcpl.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/BooksbyMailApplication.pdf. Fill it out and mail to:
TCPL Books by Mail Service
101 E Green St
Ithaca, NY 14850

Do I need a Tompkins County Public Library card to participate?
Yes. If you don‘t have one, you can print and fill out the application https://www.tcpl.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/BooksbyMailApplication.pdf, or on the back of the Books by Mail application form.

What kinds of materials can I borrow?
Books and audio books.

How many items can I borrow at a time?
Two (2) items at a time may be borrowed.

How do I request materials?
Materials can be requested by placing a hold online at https://catalog.flls.org/polaris/default.aspx?ctx=59.1033.0.0.3 or by calling +1 (607) 272-4556.

How do I know what TCPL has available?
Search the online catalog at https://catalog.flls.org/polaris/default.aspx?ctx=59.1033.0.0.3 or call to talk and a librarian will help you: +1 (607) 272-4556.

How long can I keep the items?
The lending period is three weeks, and are renewable online or by calling the Library‘s circulation desk.

What if I am late returning items?
TCPL does not charge fines for late items, but others may be waiting for the items you have.

Who pays for postage?
Funding for this program has been provided by a generous grant from Cornell University.

What if items are lost or damaged?
You are responsible for the cost of any lost or damaged items.

 

 

 

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Break for Books

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Join us on Wednesdays from noon to 1 on Facebook for a lively discussion about what we're all reading! Following our book chat, we'll update the Patron Picks list so everyone can have a handy list of the recommendations for that week. ...
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