The Finger Lakes Library System is a cooperative public library system serving 33 member libraries in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins County in central NY. We provide a wide range of essential services such as delivery, automation and technology support, Interlibrary Loan, workshops for directors, staff, and trustees, youth services and outreach consulting, and consulting in the areas of best practices, laws and regulations, strategic planning and development, sustainable funding, and governance.

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With the recent addition of an experienced librarian to our staff, we aim to provide further support for library boards in their efforts to remain relevant community centers well into the future. We believe that in order for libraries to meet the ever increasing demands of library patrons for modern and sophisticated services and technology, we must provide directors and trustees with the tools required to meet those demands.

We also believe in the importance of empowering trustees in their efforts to acquire community support through sustainable funding and the understanding of the important role libraries play in every community. The belief that libraries play a transformational role in peoples’ lives is a message we strive to deliver to library boards, while providing the statistics, moral support, and professional resources to allow them to carry this message into the communities they have graciously elected to serve.

By December 2014, the Finger Lakes Library System will move to a new building in order to better meet the needs of our members. We currently inhabit a leased space in downtown Ithaca, and will be moving about 5 miles northeast into a fully renovated facility equipped with the space needed to provide enhanced continuing education and meeting space. This move will provide us with adequate parking, restrooms, and a sorely needed technology training lab. Our current location’s largest meeting room holds just 18 people. We look so forward to this expansion and the difference that it will make to the library staff and trustees that we serve.


Another very important role that FLLS plays is to provide library boards with the information and skills to effectively communicate with local and state legislators about the importance of libraries. Reliable, adequate funding support is required in order to keep our libraries at the forefront of innovative public service. In order to continue moving forward in this rapidly changing world, our elected officials must appreciate the vital role that we play in delivering modern and in demand services and resources.

Library systems are absolutely crucial to the delivery of efficient and cost-effective services to library patrons. The Finger Lakes Library System works very hard to provide our member libraries with the skills, tools, resources, and support required to engender community and governmental support of the cornerstone of many communities: the public library.