About Us

Who We Are

The Finger Lakes Library System is a cooperative library system, chartered in 1958 by New York State, to serve the public libraries in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties. Our member libraries, currently numbering 33, are independent and governed by local Boards of Trustees. One of twenty-three library systems in New York State, we operate under a state-approved plan of service. The System is governed by an eleven member Board of Trustees with two representatives from each of the five counties served, and one at-large member.

Public Library Systems were established in Education Law in the late 1950s by the State Legislature and Governor for the purpose of helping local libraries better serve their communities through cooperation, sharing resources, and by offering cost-effective services. Governance and function are established in the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Most of the 23 public library systems in New York State are primarily supported by State funding.

Population served 317,302 (2010 Census)
Land area served 2,507 square miles
Member Libraries 33
Counties served Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins
Central Library Tompkins County Public Library

2013 Annual Report to the Community PDF Icon Small

Mission Statement

“To stimulate, coordinate and strengthen library and information services within Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties.”

Contact Information

Finger Lakes Library System
1300 Dryden Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Main Number: 607-273-4074
Fax: 607-273-3618


Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM

Plan of Service

The Plan of Service files are all in PDF format and under 100KB in file size.

Governing Bodies

Holiday Closings

Calendar of upcoming events and holidays when the Finger Lakes Library System will be closed.

Job Postings