Tompkins County Public Library

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Tompkins County Public Library
Established 1864[1]
Location Ithaca, New York
Branches 1
Collection
Size 244,000[2]
Access and use
Circulation 835,000[1]
Population served 96,501 residents of Tompkins County[1]
Members 47,000 registered borrowers[1]
Other information
Budget $3,436,953[3]
Director Susan Currie[4]
Website www.tcpl.org

The Tompkins County Public Library, part of the Finger Lakes Library System,[5] is the public library for Tompkins County, New York, a county which includes Ithaca, New York, where are Ithaca College and Cornell University. The original Ithaca Free Library was a gift from Ezra Cornell, a local farmer, inventor, investor, Republican politician, and the founder of his eponymous university.

It is known for the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library Book Sale, a semiannual event which is billed as the third largest event of its type in the United States. The book sale is a major community event for residents of the area and students and faculty of Ithaca College and Cornell University. Some people even camp outside of the warehouse overnight before the first day of the sale. While some of these people are ardent bibliophiles looking to expand their own collections, many of them are used book dealers looking to purchase items at the low prices of the book sale and then resell them with a markup at their own businesses. For this reason, buyers are limited to fifty purchases per visit on the first day of the sale. At the end of the sale, leftover materials are donated to non-profit organizations, teachers, and home schoolers. The money earned from the sale is used to support the Tompkins County Public Library.[6]

It is a part of the Ithaca Discovery Trail.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Profile & History". Tompkins County Public Library. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Tompkins County Public Library. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2010 Tompkins County Public Library Budget" (PDF). Tompkins County Public Library. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Report to the Community 2010" (PDF). Tompkins County Public Library. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Finger Lakes Library System". Finger Lakes Library System. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tompkins County Friends of the Library :: Home". Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 

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