Library of Things

Library of Things

Library of Things

Libraries were sharing before sharing was cool. 

— Miguel Figueroa, director of the American Library Association's Center for the Future of Libraries

TCPL offers a collection of items that veer from traditional. Yes, we have a large collection of books and audiovisual materials, but we also have museum passes, reading glasses, umbrellas, basic toolkits, phone chargers, and tote bags that you can check out and use either in-house or take home with you. These items are listed in the catalog under "Library of Things" and are available at the Circulation desk.


Items to Take Home


  • Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center Family Pass
  • New York State Empire Pass
    We do not allow holds on Empire Passes. However, if a pass is checked in when you search our online catalog, you can call us at 607-275-1542 and we will check it out to you. If you do not pick it up before closing that day we will have the opening clerk check it back in the next morning so it will be available for someone else.



For Your Convenience While Visiting the Library



Owned by Member Libraries

The items are owned by other libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System. You may place a hold request on them to have them sent to TCPL for you.

Upcoming Events

Makerspace OPEN HOURS

February 25, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace
About this event::
Join us in the Makerspace for self-led open hours! Bring your project, or make something with our available tools and materials. Share ideas with other makers, learn from volunteers and members of the community, and tinker to your heart's content!...

Maker Mondays for Teens

February 25, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: STEAM
About this event::
Join us for a weekly teen maker session. Every session will provide a short tutorial on 3D printing, laser cutting, sewing, or Arduino programming. No prior experience required. Materials will be provided. ...

Land and Water Use

February 25, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Event Description
Program will focus on land and water use, addressing concerns about water runoff from land and ways to decrease this runoff such as building up wetlands. Speakers are Hilary Lambert, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, and Andy Zeppo, Fingerlakes Land ...

Toddler & Preschool Storytime

February 26, 2019
11:00am - 12:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
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. ...