Library by Mail

Library by Mail

Library by Mail

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.

 

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 through our online catalog 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 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?

Complete the online form or call Keith at +1 (607) 272-4557, ext. 242. 
 

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 or call Keith at +1 (607) 272-4557, ext. 242. 

 
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Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace Open Hours

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Makerspace
About this event::
Drop-in open hours are back! Registration is no longer required. We still must adhere to room occupancy requirements (max. 10 people at a time), but do not anticipate this being an issue often.  Visit the Makerspace to use the laser cutter, 3...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Dungeons and Dragons Club

11:00am - 2:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Time Warner Cable Study Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
About this event::
Elfves, dwarves, halflings, and humans meet most Saturdays to pursue fantasy quests. There may be space for new participants - no experience needed! Campaigns are played over multiple weeks, so joining is a long-term commitment to try to come most ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Dungeons and Dragons Club 2

11:00am - 2:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
About this event::
Elfves, dwarves, halflings, and humans meet most Saturdays to pursue fantasy quests. There may be space for new participants - no experience needed! Campaigns are played over multiple weeks, so joining is a long-term commitment to try to come most ...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: STEAM
About this event::
Children ages 5 and up and their families are invited to a free science program co-hosted by Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR). This month, Families will find out how to make a simple circuit, and will also test to find out what mater...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
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...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

10:00am - 11:00am
Open
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: 1
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 "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Families with young children are invited to come play with an assortment of toys appropriate for infants and toddlers. The Finger Lakes Toy Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to toys and play while fostering a communit...
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 visit the Adult Services reference desk at the time of your appointment.**  Appointments will b...