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: Meghan Molloy
101 East Green Street
Ithaca NY 14850

Email: mmolloy@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

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Virtual Family Storytime

11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
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Program Type: Storytimes
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Curbside Pickup

10:00am - 10:15am
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Room: Cayuga Street-Side of Library
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10:15am - 10:30am
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Curbside Pickup

10:30am - 10:45am
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Room: Cayuga Street-Side of Library
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Program Type: Curbside Pickup
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If you would like to use our curbside pickup service, place a hold on an item and wait until you receive a notification that your hold is ready. Then you can register for a curbside pickup appointment. When you arrive for your appointmen...
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Curbside Pickup

10:45am - 11:00am
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Room: Cayuga Street-Side of Library
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Program Type: Curbside Pickup
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If you would like to use our curbside pickup service, place a hold on an item and wait until you receive a notification that your hold is ready. Then you can register for a curbside pickup appointment. When you arrive for your appointmen...
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Curbside Pickup

11:00am - 11:15am
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Cayuga Street-Side of Library
Age Group: Adults, Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Curbside Pickup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
If you would like to use our curbside pickup service, place a hold on an item and wait until you receive a notification that your hold is ready. Then you can register for a curbside pickup appointment. When you arrive for your appointmen...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
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Curbside Pickup

11:15am - 11:30am
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Cayuga Street-Side of Library
Age Group: Adults, Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Curbside Pickup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
If you would like to use our curbside pickup service, place a hold on an item and wait until you receive a notification that your hold is ready. Then you can register for a curbside pickup appointment. When you arrive for your appointmen...