ITHACA, N.Y. –– After a tentative reopening for “express browsing” in November of 2020, the Tompkins County Public Library has now announced that they will be open for expanded in-person hours starting June 1.

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, TCPL will open for Browsing and Internet Services during the following hours:

Monday through Thursday             9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.            

Friday                                                 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.            

Saturday                                            10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   

“As the central library for the Finger Lakes Library System, which includes 33 libraries in five counties, we’re required by New York State education law to be open 60 hours per week due to our county’s population size,” Susan Currie, interim director of Tompkins County Public Library said. “We’re delighted to welcome our community back by restoring our hours starting June 1.”

Reference desks and internet stations will open at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Browsing and internet sessions will continue to be limited to 30 minutes. And in order to adhere to the 24-hour quarantine requirement, returns must continue to be made to the bins on Green Street.

Additionally, beginning June 1, the Green Street entrance will be available for patrons entering and exiting the building. Patrons will no longer need to enter on the south side of the building.

After June 1, Curbside Service will be offered, with no appointment necessary, during the following hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Still, at this time, TCPL is unable to offer in-person events or meeting spaces.

And as coronavirus safety regulations continue to evolve, TCPL will post the latest information on and its FacebookInstagram, and Twitter feeds.

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at