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:

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  • 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.

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 by appointment Tuesday through Saturday.

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