The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for the public library. Members of the community -- individuals and families, foundations, businesses, trusts and organizations -- play a pivotal role in supporting TCPL through contributions to the Foundation.
Our library has always relied upon a partnership of private and public funds, from its earliest days as the Cornell Free Library founded nearly 150 years ago by Ezra Cornell. Today, we continue the legacy of his philanthropy by encouraging community support.
The Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library, founded in 1946, is a not-for-profit membership organization for people interested in books and libraries. Our purpose is to stimulate public interest in the library, purchase library materials, and support other cultural and educational programs in Tompkins County. We are able to accomplish many of our goals by the distribution of funds raised during our twice-yearly book sales.