The Friends Book Sale is the main fundraising activity of The Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library.  Two sales are held each year, in May and October, each with over 250,000 items for sale.  With the money raised at our sales, the Friends supports Tompkins County Public Library, the Finger Lakes Library System and its member libraries, and literacy programs offered by community groups.  This support would not be possible without the active help of over one hundred dedicated volunteers. Check out the community groups who’ve been helping us.

How to volunteer:

Winter weather: If the Ithaca City School District cancels school, the book sale sorting hours are also cancelled. If you are unsure whether we’re open, please call before you come.

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