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.

We also offer Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services for items not found within the Finger Lakes Library System.

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 6/30 the Library building will be closed in conjunction with Governor Cuomo's phased reopening plan. You can still access many online resources at www.tcpl.org. ...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Family Storytime

June 2, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills online at Family Storytime with Kelly here.  Check back each Tuesday for a new addition!   ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Break for Books

June 2, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Teens
About this event::
Join us to talk about books for teens! Open to teens and families. Tuesdays from 4-5 pm on Facebook and Instagram. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Virtual Mid-Day Mindfulness Meditation

June 3, 2020
12:15pm - 12:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Offsite
About this event::
Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of "automatic pilot" mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, a...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Virtual Baby Storytime

June 5, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
We miss you and Baby Stortyimes! Caregivers and their babies can join Cassie online anytime for music, rhymes, movement and books here.  Check back each Friday for a new addition! ...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Family Storytime

June 9, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills online at Family Storytime with Kelly here.  Check back each Tuesday for a new addition!   ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Break for Books

June 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Teens
About this event::
Join us to talk about books for teens! Open to teens and families. Tuesdays from 4-5 pm on Facebook and Instagram. ...