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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Makerspace OPEN HOURS

January 17, 2020
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace
About this event::
Join us in the Makerspace for self-led open hours! Bring your project, or make something with our available tools and materials. Share ideas with other makers, learn from volunteers and members of the community, and tinker to your heart's content!...
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Memory Lab One-on-One

January 18, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Local History Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Local History, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
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Do you have old family photos, film or videos that you would like to convert to a digital format?  Now you can for free at the library!  During this hour long session a librarian will help you use our conversion equipment.  Please reme...
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Open Heart Kids Yoga

January 18, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: Unlimited
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Join us for a weekly yoga program! This four week series is best suited for children ages 3 - 9, but younger siblings are welcome! Registration is required. ...
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Chinese New Year Decorations Making Party

January 18, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
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The 2020 Chinese New Year will start on Jan. 25 and last for 15 days. This is the year of the rat, the first sign in the Chinese zodiac. Join us at the Chinese New Year Decorations Making Party to make some traditional New Year decorations ...

FIRST LEGO Club

January 18, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Event Description
we are a group of elementary students who are building a project with LEGOs...
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This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
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LEGO at the Library

January 18, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Other
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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...