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


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

Game On!

April 23,
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Kids (5-12), Teens (13-17)
Program Type: Other
New for children and teens of all ages! We'll meet every Monday for board games, tabletop RPGs, card games and more. ...

One-on-One Tech Help

April 23,
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Information & Learning Services Department
Ages: All Ages
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
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April 23,
4:30pm - 6:15pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library

Spanish Classes for Families - CUSLAR

April 23,
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Ages: Families
Program Type: Community Groups
Hola Amigos! Spanish through Play. Spanish classes for families with children 3 - 12 years old. For more information please visit ...
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4)
Program Type: Storytimes
Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers are invited every Tuesday for early literacy-based stories, songs, finger plays and much more! After storytime, stay for an hour of play and social time. ...

Sit! Stay! Read!

April 24,
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
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...