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

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Toddler & Preschool Music

11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Music
About this event::
Join Alejandro Bernard for lively music and family fun this summer! Each concert features children's classics as well as contemporary music that adults and children can sing along to. See you there! Masking is encouraged at Youth Services programs...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Cornell Botanic Garden Tour

11:00am - 12:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Offsite
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
As a part of this year's summer reading program, TCPL is inviting patrons to join us on a tour of the Cornell Botanic Gardens.  Patrons and library staff will meet at the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, and will be led on the tour by garden staff...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace One-on-One

11:00am - 12:00pm
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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 "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 "Kids" group.

Tween Board Game Club

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Community Groups, STEAM
About this event::
Interested 8-13 year olds are welcome to our weekly board game club this summer! Cool off in the library with good friends and great games! Drop-in at any time during this hour and a half program - which will be hosted by Mike Timonin, a local board ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Fine Line Henna Workshop

5:30pm - 7:30pm
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Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Classes and Workshops, Makerspace
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Join Joannah Fine of Fine Line Henna to learn the art and science of henna body art. We will learn about the history and science of henna, and how to create basic henna designs. Participants will get to create their own temporary henna tattoos and be...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Summer Baby Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Weather permitting, caregivers and their babies are invited to join Cassie at the park next to the Henry St. John Building at 301 S. Geneva St. for music, rhymes, movement and books. On days when it is wet outside or we have a heat advisory, w...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
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TCPL is inviting youth aged 6 - 11 to a SUMO robot challenge! Participants will have the opportunity to modify and code an Arduino-powered robot to challenge a professionally made SUMO robot. No coding or Arduino robotics skills required. Tutorials f...