Library by Mail

Library by Mail

Library by Mail

Our Library by Mail service provides library materials to residents of Tompkins County who are physically unable to visit the Library. Patrons registered with the Library by Mail service may receive up to seven (7) items at a time delivered by the US Postal Service to their residence.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Who is eligible for this program?

To be eligible for Library by Mail, you must meet all three of the following criteria:

  1. Live within the boundaries of Tompkins County
  2. Possess or be willing to sign up for a Tompkins County Public Library card or a library card from another library in Tompkins County
  3. Unable to get to the library

Typical qualifiers may include those:

  • Temporarily or permanently homebound and/or in a convalescent home
  • Concerned and/or at risk due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Experiencing difficulty getting to the library due to a disability or mobility issues

 

How do I sign up?

Complete the online form, email LBM@tcpl.org or call 607-272-4557

 

How do I request materials?

Books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and magazines can be requested by placing a hold through our online catalog or by calling 607-272-4556. Ask us about our digital library!

 

How many items can I borrow at a time? How long can I keep the items?

Seven (7) items at a time may be borrowed for three weeks.

 

What if I'm late returning items? What if items are lost or damaged?

TCPL does not charge fines for late items. TCPL does not charge for lost or damaged items.

 

Who pays for postage?

We do! Funding for this program has been provided by a generous grant from Cornell University.

 

Do I need a Tompkins County Public Library card to participate?

Yes. If you don‘t have one, you can fill out the online card application.

 
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Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

10:00am - 11:00am
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads, such as borrowing eBooks, or basic computer questions.  **Please visit the Adult Services reference desk at the time of your appointment.**  Appointments will b...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace One-on-One

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
What do you want to make? Register for a one-on-one session in the makerspace with Library Assistant Josh to use our laser cutter, 3-D printer, or Cricut.  Sessions are one hour and a maximum of two people are allowed in the makerspace a...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Maker Mondays

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Makerspace, STEAM, Technology Class
About this event::
Let's Make Something! 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Cricut, etc... Teens are invited to the Makerspace for two hours of open-making time. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and use one of our Makerspace machines:  3D Printers (M...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Queer Craft Meetup

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Classes and Workshops, Community Groups, Digital Lab
About this event::
Join other LGBTQIAP+ adults to do arts and crafts, hang out, and have fun. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own craft project, such as knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery, drawing, or any other craft that does not involve liquids (including...
This event is in the "Families" group.

Stories in the Park

11:00am - 11:30am
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Enjoy the beautiful summer weather while celebrating reading and building early literacy skills every week!  Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome.  In inclement weather, we'll meet in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.&nbs...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

11:30am - 12:30pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads, such as borrowing eBooks, or basic computer questions.  **Please note - This series of appointments will be with volunteer technology tutor Sean, and he is able t...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace One-on-One

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
What do you want to make? Register for a one-on-one session in the makerspace with Library Assistant Josh to use our laser cutter, 3-D printer, or Cricut.  Sessions are one hour and a maximum of two people are allowed in the makerspace a...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Classes and Workshops, Music, Performance
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
About this event::
Teens who are interested in performing during the Youth Pride Talent Show on Saturday, June 10th, as a part of the Downtown Ithaca Pride Festival will have the opportunity to rehearse their numbers in advance and practice being supportive audience me...