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.

Requests may be submitted via surface mail or email, or by completing the form below. There is a $40 per hour fee, with a $10 minimum due before research begins for the first 15 minutes. 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 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: Tom Burns
101 East Green Street
Ithaca NY 14850

Email: tburns@tcpl.org

Payment:
We accept cash (if paying in person), check, MasterCard and Visa. Checks should be made payable to Tompkins County Public Library.

Please do not submit your credit card information via the online form (below). We will contact you regarding your credit card information once we receive your request.

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

Mental Health First Aid

October 17, 2018
12:30pm - 5:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner East
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County provides Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare our community with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. ...

ESL Talk Time

October 17, 2018
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
About this event::
Do you want to practice speaking with other people? Come to the library, and meet other people who are practicing English. In these classes, English Language learners will have the opportunity to: practice English by watching Youtube videos ...

Makerspace one-on-one

October 17, 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 2
About this event::
What do you want to make? Library Assistant Josh will walk you through using one of our machines. Please see below for options, and note what you'd like to use (and what your project idea is) in the "How did you hear about this event?" box. Each r...

The Politics of Sexual Difference

October 17, 2018
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Schwarz Jacobson Meeting Room
Event Description
We are a study and research group that meets weekly and/or bi-weekly. We explore the intersections of human subjectivity, psychoanalysis, philosophy, art, aesthetics, and feminine sexuality....
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 2
About this event::
Joy. Sorrow. Loss. Love. Beauty.  Wonder.  Each life abounds in all of these, but so often we miss the full power and meaning of such experiences in today‚Äôs world of speed and distraction.  This writing circle led by Cora Ellen Luke, o...