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

Toddler & Preschool Storytime

December 11, 2018
11:00am - 12:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4)
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers are invited every Tuesday for early literacy-based stories, songs, finger plays and much more! After storytime, stay for an hour of play and social time. ...

EVTompkins

December 11, 2018
11:30am - 1:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full

New Roots Digital Art Class

December 11, 2018
1:45pm - 3:15pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Teens (13-17)
Program Type: STEAM, Classes and Workshops, Community Groups, Digital Lab, Technology Class
About this event::
New Roots Charter School Digital Arts Class ...

Sit! Stay! Read!

December 11, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a truly non-judgmental listener -- a dog! Reading sessions will be held Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. Children who attend 6 sessions will earn a FREE book of their choice! Co-s...

One-on-One Tech Help

December 11, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Information & Learning Services Department
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics.  Please describe what you would like to help with in the "How did you hear about this event?" field. ...

Senior Year: The Podcast

December 11, 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens (13-17)
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Makerspace, Technology Class