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

Friends of the Library Book Sale

October 20, 2018
10:00am - 8:00pm
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Kids (5-12), Teens (13-17)
Program Type: Book Sales
About this event::
Visit the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library booksale website at www.booksale.org. Please email any questions you have about the sale to info@booksale.org. ...

Dungeons & Dragons Meetup Group

October 20, 2018
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Time Warner Cable Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings, Other
About this event::
This weekly group is intended for adults interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons who have RSVPed to rachel.e.hadley@gmail.com. Minors are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian. Contact Rachel for more information or to reserve a spot. &...

CANCELLED: Artist in Residence Sculptural Collage Workshop

October 20, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Makerspace
About this event::
This event has been cancelled. Instead, stop by the Avenue of the Friends on Saturday 10/13 from 1-3 or Thursday 10/18 5:30-7:30 to chat with Frances and share images of your favorite places in Ithaca, to help inform her upcoming show. ...

Adult Board Game Club

October 20, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Other
About this event::
Adults are invited to join our weekly board game club! Bring a favorite game or play one that's on hand. RSVPs are appreciated but drop-ins are welcome as well.   ...

Play 'n' Talk

October 20, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4), Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Community Groups
About this event::
A local support group for families raising children on the autism spectrum. Parents and caregivers are invited to discuss and learn about various issues and resources concerning ASD. Childcare will be provided for children ages 3-13, who will match u...

LEGO at the Library

October 20, 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4), Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Other
About this event::
Children are invited to attend this weekly LEGO® brick building program. 'LEGO at the Library' encourages children to use their imaginations or LEGO books from the TCPL collection to create their own LEGO art! The Library will provide LEGO bricks, an...

Friends of the Library Book Sale

October 21, 2018
10:00am - 8:00pm
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Kids (5-12), Teens (13-17)
Program Type: Book Sales
About this event::
Visit the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library booksale website at www.booksale.org. Please email any questions you have about the sale to info@booksale.org. ...

Library Open

October 21, 2018
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library