Tompkins County Research Service

Tompkins County Research Service

Tompkins County Public Library will provide limited research on topics of local history or interest where the information sought is unique to the collection of the library. This service is available to individuals and/or organizations for whom it is impossible to visit the library in person. Referrals will be given for information that falls outside of the library's collection.

Requests may be submitted via surface mail or email, or by completing the form below. No more than one hour of research will be done per request. Up to ten photographed pages may be sent per request with no additional fee. The library will make every attempt to respond to a request within ten business days from the receipt of the request.

If more detailed research on topics of local history is required, the patron will be referred to The History Center in Tompkins County or other likely sources.

 

Local History Online Collection

Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to provide online local history information. The library is dedicated to providing online access to relevant local history materials relating to Tompkins County and surrounding areas. Here you will find a variety of digitized materials from our print collection.

 

How to Request Research

Surface mail:

Tompkins County Public Library
Attention: Meghan Molloy
101 East Green Street
Ithaca NY 14850

Email: mmolloy@tcpl.org

 

Tompkins County Research Online Form

Privacy Policy: In respect to your privacy, all information submitted is confidential and is only used to comply with your request.

Note: If you experience difficulties with this form, please call 607-272-4557 ext. 253.

 

 

Upcoming Events

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One-on-One Tech Help

1:30pm - 2:30pm
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
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Seats Remaining: 1
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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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Memory Lab One on One

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Full
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Local History Study Room
Age Group: Adults
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Makerspace Time

3:30pm - 5:30pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Makerspace
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Register for your spot in the makerspace to use the laser cutter, 3-D printer, Cricut, or sewing/embroidery machine.  All equipment will be available on a first come first served basis and machine use will be limited to 30 minutes if others are ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Full
Registration
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
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, Gusti, and he is able...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
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Seats Remaining: 23
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Restorative Practices Community Space is a meeting to build community through circles, expand knowledge of restorative practices and restorative justice, and practice conferencing role plays. Restorative Practices is an emerging social science, roote...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: STEAM
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TCPL is inviting youth ages 5 - 12 to a LEGO build and challenge. At this event, participants will be challenged to make a spinning top out bricks and/or technic part to compete in a spin time marathon and  battle top tournament. TCPL ...
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Break for Movies

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 to talk about movies, TV shows, and other viewing interests! Mondays, 12-1 pm on Facebook.  ...
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
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This year the Tompkins County Public Library's BorgWarner room will host the Alternatives Free Tax Preparation service.  This service is available to low-income residents of Tompkins and Cortland Counties, and is completely free as long as your ...