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).

Kids under age 13 must have a parent present when signing up for a card. 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. Overdue items accrue a fine of $.25 per day.

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

Mental Health First Aid

October 17, 2018
12:30pm - 5:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner East
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County provides Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare our community with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. ...

ESL Talk Time

October 17, 2018
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
About this event::
Do you want to practice speaking with other people? Come to the library, and meet other people who are practicing English. In these classes, English Language learners will have the opportunity to: practice English by watching Youtube videos ...

Makerspace one-on-one

October 17, 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
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: 2
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. Each r...

The Politics of Sexual Difference

October 17, 2018
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Schwarz Jacobson Meeting Room
Event Description
We are a study and research group that meets weekly and/or bi-weekly. We explore the intersections of human subjectivity, psychoanalysis, philosophy, art, aesthetics, and feminine sexuality....
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 2
About this event::
Joy. Sorrow. Loss. Love. Beauty.  Wonder.  Each life abounds in all of these, but so often we miss the full power and meaning of such experiences in today‚Äôs world of speed and distraction.  This writing circle led by Cora Ellen Luke, o...