Library of the Built Environment

Are you a homeowner looking for information on your older home or preservation how-to? A student researching local history and land use? Or a history buff interested in the physical environment?

Our library collection contains material related to:

  • architecture & urban design
  • local history
  • conservation techniques & DIY
  • historic interior & period furnishings
  • … and much more

We have over 600 books, dozens of magazine titles, a 120-year run of Ithaca City Directories, thousands of photographs and slides, surveys of historic resources throughout Tompkins County, scrapbooks, maps, and ephemera. Donate books. Contact us for more info.

Library Fees:
Room fee $5 per person per day. This fee is waived for students and for Friends of Historic Ithaca.
Photocopying $0.25 per page. Friends of Historic Ithaca may make 10 photocopies per year free of charge.
Scanning services $10 for the first 10 images and an additional $10 for each 10 images thereafter.
Research services $40 per hour.

Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 am-12:00 noon or by appointment. (Effective August 1, 2014)


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