who we are

Interested in contributing to the Tompkins County Public LIbrary? You're in the right place! 


The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for the public library. Members of the community -- individuals and families, foundations, businesses, trusts and organizations -- play a pivotal role in supporting TCPL through contributions to the Foundation.


Our library has always relied upon a partnership of private and public funds, from its earliest days as the Cornell Free Library founded nearly 150 years ago by Ezra Cornell.  Today, we continue the legacy of his philanthropy by encouraging community support.

Suzanne Smith Jablonski, Executive Director ssmithjablonski@tcpl.org
Kerry Barnes, Assistant Director kbarnes@tcpl.org
Susanna Drbal, Development and Communications Associate sdrbal@tcpl.org

what we do

The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation serves as a bridge between the community and the Library, making it possible for donors like you to show your support.  Contributions help the Library serve and respond in light of growing usage, evolving needs, changing demographics, and major shifts in technology and publishing.


Our Annual Fund supports essential components of the Library’s services

  • Collections

  • Youth Services

  • Cultural, Educational and Civic Programming


In addition, the Foundation enlists support for special initiatives in response to our community’s growing needs, in areas such as:

  • Adult literacy and ESL programs

  • Youth education and engagement initiatives

  • Technology access and training

  • Professional development

  • Arts celebrations and special exhibits

  • Endowments for operations, collections and programming


We are happy to discuss how your gift can be used. Please contact us.

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TCPL Foundation Mission and Vision


The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation sustains and strengthens our library by inspiring community support. The Foundation serves as a bridge between the library and the community, encouraging engagement through philanthropy and participation.



The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation envisions every community member having the opportunity for personal development and enrichment at the public library. We support the highest caliber of library service which evolves in response to changing and growing needs, and serve as responsible stewards of the resources with which we have been entrusted. We encourage library lovers to take an active role in their public library, as supporters, users and advocates.