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

Library Open

October 20, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Library - Public Area and Stacks

Trust Building for Teams

October 21, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Event Description
'Trust Building for Teams' with Erica Marx. Learn key insights and personalized next steps to build positive, productive, and resilient teams with the capacity to innovate and thrive. Fee is $70 and includes light refreshments. Visit www.hsctc.org...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace OPEN HOURS

October 21, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
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!...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

October 21, 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
Waitlist Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics. ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Board Game Club

October 21, 2019
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Children ages 8-12 are invited to explore and learn new board games each week with Mike Timonin, local board game aficionado! All kinds of great games to choose from! Put on your strategic thinking cap and join us! Feel free to join in and play ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Costume Couture - Zombie Makeup Edition

October 21, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Makerspace
About this event::
Teens ages 13 and up are invited to this drop-in weekly Makerspace session with a focus on creating costumes, cosplay, accessories, props, and wearable garments of all types! This week we will be exploring zombie makeup and simple special effects ...
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.

Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Party

October 21, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Adults, Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Other
About this event::
Join us for a pumpkin carving and decorating party! Pumpkins and all decorating supplies will be provided by the Library while supplies last. No registration required. First come first served. Please bring a bag to transport your pumpkin home. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Writing, Classes and Workshops, Community Read
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
Where are you from? Where have you been? How does your own personal story of journey or stability inform your sense of self? How does that story mesh with the story told by your family of origin? How does your story come together with your current fa...