Library Cards and Borrowing

Library Cards and Borrowing

While the library is operating on modified hours and services due to COVID-19,  we are offering online card applications only. You can complete the online application and we will email your library card number to you. The next time you visit the library, bring your photo ID and we will give you your card. (updated 6/30/20)

Getting a TCPL card is easy and FREE! You can complete an application at the Circulation Desk or online. Then, bring a valid photo ID and proof of address to the Circulation Desk to get your card activated (which takes just a few minutes).

For more information about applying for a card, see our Policy page.

You can borrow up to 50 items per card. Most items have a loan period of three weeks; DVDs can be borrowed for one week. As a convenience, our system will automatically renew one time any item that is not being held for another patron.

All TCPL items can be returned to any of the 33 Finger Lakes Library System member libraries.

Please see TCPL's Lending Guidelines for more information about borrowing.

Questions? Call our Access and Circulation Services Department at (607) 275-1LIB (1542).

Upcoming Events

Branches:
Tompkins County Public Library
Description:
Effective 3/14 through 10/31 the Library building will be closed in conjunction with Governor Cuomo's phased reopening plan. We are open for limited services only:  Lobby Hold Pickups and Internet & Copy/Fax/Print: Tuesday & Thursd...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Curbside Pickup

10:00am - 10:15am
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...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Curbside Pickup

10:15am - 10:30am
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: 1
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.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Curbside Pickup

10:30am - 10:45am
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...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Curbside Pickup

10:45am - 11:00am
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: 2
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.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Curbside Pickup

11:00am - 11:15am
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: 3
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.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

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: 4
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.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Curbside Pickup

11:30am - 11:45am
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: 4
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...