Library by Mail

Library by Mail

Coming February 1 - Expanded Mail Delivery Service!

Tompkins County Public Library’s Library by Mail service provides books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and magazines to homebound residents of Tompkins County who are physically unable to visit the Library. Patrons registered with the Library by Mail service may receive up to two (2) items at a time delivered by the US Postal Service to their residence.

 If you can’t come to TCPL, then TCPL will come to you! With a diverse and current selection of fiction and nonfiction, you are sure to find something that meets your needs.

Library by Mail

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 possess a library card from the Southworth Library Association, Groton Public Library, Lansing Community Library, Newfield Public Library, or Ulysses Philomathic Library.
  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 age-related mobility issues
How do I request materials?

Materials can be requested by placing a hold online at https://catalog.flls.org/polaris/default.aspx?ctx=59.1033.0.0.3  or by calling +1 (607) 272-4556  and speaking with a librarian.

What kinds of materials can I borrow?

Books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and magazines.

How many items can I borrow at a time?

Two (2) items at a time may be borrowed. Search the online catalog at https://catalog.flls.org/polaris/default.aspx?ctx=59.1033.0.0.3 or call to talk and a librarian will help you: +1 (607) 272-4556.

How long can I keep the items?

The lending period is three weeks, and are renewable online or by calling the Library‘s circulation department at +1 (607) 275-1554.

What if I am late returning items?

TCPL does not charge fines for late items, but others may be waiting for the items you have.

Who pays for postage?

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

What if items are lost or damaged?

You are responsible for the cost of any lost or damaged items. 

How do I sign up?

Visit https://forms.gle/Ad9m4qCYJRTrpiSr7 and complete the online form or call Keith at +1 (607) 272-4557 x242. 

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

Yes. If you don‘t have one, you can fill out the application online at https://catalog.flls.org/polaris/patronaccount/selfregister.aspx?ctx=59.1033.0.0.3 or call Keith at +1 (607) 272-4557 x242. 

 
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Upcoming Events

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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
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 1
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, sewing machines, 3-D printer, or Cricut.  Sessions are one hour and a maximum of two people are allowed in...
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GIAC Visit

3:30pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Community Groups
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Group from GIAC will be visiting the Library for a storytime program. Not open to the public. ...
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One-on-One Tech Help

6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
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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...
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One-on-One Tech Help

10:00am - 11:00am
Full
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
Registration Required
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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...
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Break for Books

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Online Chat
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Join us on Wednesdays from noon to 1:00 pm on Facebook for a lively discussion about what we're all reading! Following our book chat, we'll update the Patron Picks list so everyone can have a handy list of the recommendations for that week. ...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Offsite
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This is a 30-minute meditation session led by Anna Salamone RN, LCSW, certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher. MBSR is a means for reducing stress, improving our capacity for attention, boosting the immune system, reducing emotional reac...
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One-on-One Tech Help

1:30pm - 2:30pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
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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, Gusti, and he is able...
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Homeschool Book Club

11:00am - 12:00pm
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Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 5
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Children ages 9-13 are welcome to join our Homeschool Book Club! The club will meet to discuss books from a variety of genres on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11 in the morning. In January we will read Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm. Regi...