Tompkins County Public Library

101 East Green Street


The Tompkins County Public Library serves community residents at each stage of their lives by providing free and open access to the world's wisdom, knowledge, and information. The library, through its collections and professional services, fosters an informed, civic-minded community and contributes to the educational, cultural, and economic well-being of the County

Vision :

The library functions as a welcoming civic space and portal of opportunity freely open to people of all ages without discrimination in order to serve community needs for delivery of knowledge, culture, and enjoyment.The library strives to be a keystone of the community and a cornerstone of the educational system.  It provides innovative programs to bring people together to promote mutual interests and cultivate understanding through awareness of cultural heritage, arts, and sciences.

The library seeks to retain its identity as a repository for knowledge as well as materials unique to the community.  It continually evolves and updates strategies to access information especially in cyberspace.  It provides patrons with access to new tools for acquiring information and fosters development of skills for life-long learning.The library serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas by facilitating collaborations with educational institutions and community organizations. 


Diane Chanco

Friday, June 15, 2018
before heading out of Ithaca we decided to check out the library because there was supposed to be a nice play area for kids. the youth section of the library is expansive and well organized with small several small nooks for reading. the librarians and library staff were friendly, the restrooms were clean, and their collection seems well-rounded.

Arianna Elmore

Monday, April 9, 2018
I didnt know what I wanted to read, they sat down with me by the end I had 4 new books to read. Absolutely amazing staff. So helpful

Ondraya Gooshaw

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Attended a class at the library a few months ago. A very welcoming environment and staff was friendly. Parking was a bit of a chore but worth it.

Brooke Brown

Saturday, May 12, 2018
They just opened a new teen section

Adam White

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
John (I think) was very helpful today getting me an internet access card in a hurry today after the lady at greyhound was no help (see my review of that dump) Clean, large facility with lots of computers