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.

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

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: Tom Burns
101 East Green Street
Ithaca NY 14850

Email: tburns@tcpl.org

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

Please do not submit your credit card information via the online form (below). 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.

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

Upcoming Events

Universal Design Workshop/ Panel Discussion

June 19, 2018
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Description
A panel discussion featuring local experts sharing tools and perspectives on universal design and visitability to allow individuals to live and age in their homes with optimal accessability across the lifespan. This workshop is sponsored by the Tomp...

Sit! Stay! Read!

June 19, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
Description:
Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a truly non-judgmental listener -- a dog! Reading sessions will be held Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. Children who attend 6 sessions will earn a FREE book of their choice! Co-s...

One-on-One Tech Help

June 19, 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Information & Learning Services Department
Ages: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Description:
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Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Ages: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
Registration Required
Description:
Join us for a 8 week Memoir Writing Workshop for adults ages 65 and up.  Paige Eve Chant, creative writing teacher and TCPL intern will be facilitating this workshop. Participants will be exploring memories and life experiences through the art o...
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Description
A knitting, crochet, spinning, and general fiber craft gathering/circle (a.k.a. knit night). The evening will start off with a talk by Nikki Addicott of Wine Country and Cabin View Alpacas. She'll tell us about her life as a shepherdess and will also...
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Ages: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Digital Lab
Description:
Interested in becoming a U.S. citizen? An important part of preparing for the citizenship exam is being familiar with 100 Civics questions on American government, history, geography and holidays. We are here to help you study!   The Commun...

Tompkins County DSS

June 20, 2018
10:00am - 11:30am
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner East
Description:
Tompkins County Coordinated Transportation Plan Meeting ...