Library Cards and Borrowing

Library Cards and Borrowing

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Tutoring

July 15, 2019
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Schwarz Jacobson Meeting Room

Stories in the Park

July 16, 2019
11:30am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children and families are invited to join us each Tuesday in Dewitt Park for stories, music and family fun. After storytime, stay for lunch and shopping at the Ithaca Farmer's Market. In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the Library'...

All Access Art Club

July 16, 2019
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Classes and Workshops, Makerspace
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18
About this event::
Teen and Adult artists are invited to join in this weekly inclusive art experience. While this group will be paced and planned with individuals with developmental disabilities in mind, people with all levels of ability ages 15+ are welcome ...

One-on-One Tech Help

July 16, 2019
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. ...

Sit! Stay! Read!

July 16, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
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...

Makerspace One-on-One

July 16, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
What do you want to make? Library Assistant Josh will walk you through using one of our machines. Please see below for options, and note what you'd like to use (and what your project idea is) in the "How did you hear about this event?" box. Dur...