Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Patron Comments - October 2011

Comment:  I would love to have books on tape by Louie L’Mour. I listened to everything currently held. Thank you.
Response: Thank you for your recommendations.

The lighting stinks. How about some free natural light from skylights, like Walmart does?

Response:  Thank you for your comments. We do have skylights in the Avenue of the Friends and there is plenty of natural lighting in the North Reading Room.

Comment:  My sincere thanks to the reference librarians for their help when I had a computer problem!
Response:  Thank you. We have a very talented staff who are dedicated to providing the best possible service.

Comment:  Please get more of the Mythbusters DVDs. So fun and so educational.

Response:  Thank you for your recommendations.

Comment:  There are a lot of young people hanging out during the day on Green St. next to the library. And it’s become the new hang out and smoking spot all Day! SAD. Now I hesitate going to the library like I avoided the commons.

Response:  Thank you for sharing your feedback. We will be posting No Smoking signs around the exterior of the library. If you would like to talk more about what you are experiencing, please contact me at

Comment:  I like the books and DVDs.

Response:  Thank you.

Comment:  Please put a “No Smoking” sign out front.

Response:  We will be posting No Smoking signs around the exterior of the library.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Patron Comments - September 2011

Comment:  We enjoy a reading time with children in the nice reading area on the sofa next to the information desk in the Youth Area. However, we feel children are disrupted by comics on the shelf right next to the reading area. I as a parent try to encourage kids to read books, not comics yet, so I would appreciate very much if you can consider moving comic shelves to other areas. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your reading experiences and suggestions with us.

I think there may be a mold problem in the vent over study tables in NE corner of periodicals. It makes me cough and hoarse to sit there, and a student of mine sneezes every time. Not true elsewhere in the library.
Response:  Thank you for letting us know about your experience in this area of the library.
We will contact Facilities and ask to have this checked out.

Can you please put baby changing table back in handicapped stall? It is nasty to have to walk by and be forced to watch and smell a mother changing her baby’s diaper. I am a mom – but it is different when it is not your child.
We are sorry this was an unpleasant experience for you.

I locked the computer to talk to library staff and it was almost out of time when I came back. It’s ridiculous, then they tell me it keeps subtracting time while you’re away and reference was snotty when I said it wasn’t for sending a resume. Even if it wasn’t for employment everyone should get extra time even if they are doing “silly” stuff according to your “rules”.
We are sorry you had a difficult time. We have very dedicated staff who try to be as helpful as possible and we have a tremendous demand for computer time. If you would like to talk more about this situation, please contact me at so that we can schedule a time.

Comment:  More Inspector Morse DVDs please!
Thank you for the suggestion.

You are my life saver when we are in town- have a summer place where there is not internet access. Wanted a recipe for making soap bubbles for entertaining her grandchildren.
Response:  T
hank you so much for your feedback. We are so happy we were able to help with your information and technology needs.

I can never get an Ithaca Journal to read. Someone always has it. 4-5 times a day I look! Get more!
Thank you for your suggestion. We do have two print copies available and the current day’s news is available free of charge online.

Can you please carry a new series for teens-these are books by George R.R. Martin. Right now only Trumansburg has one and they won’t let us have it. There are five books in the series – All bestsellers.
Thank you for the purchase suggestions.

CDs are overdue in 1 week. Heimat is a 6 CD (12 hours) set. Please extend the lending period on multiple CDs so that people can have a reasonable chance to finish or make them renewable. Thanks Thank you for this suggestion.
We will review our policy about multiple CD sets.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Patron Comments - August 2011

Comment: I love this library, they have great movies and the computers are great. I will come all the time.
Response: Thank you for your positive comments. We have a talented, dedicated staff who love providing resources and services to a wonderful community!

Comment: Play a little music but quietly. This library is awesome, good books and movies. Enough time on computers.
Thank you for your suggestion. Music is such a personal preference it would be impossible to accommodate the variety of tastes. In addition a number of patrons expect the library to be a quiet place. In this day and age this is very difficult to accomplish, but we try to reduce the sound level.

Please keep getting the videos as good as you are. Love It!

Response:Thank you for comments. We are very happy that you are enjoying the collection.

Comment: Please do something to encourage the “loiterers” who congregate on the side of the building to move along and not block the sidewalks for pedestrians. They seem to be there quite frequently in increasing numbers. Thank you! “A concerned mother”
Response: The library is also concerned about the situation. We have increased monitoring of the area outside the library and spoken with the groups of young people gathering on the sidewalk. They have been told that they may not block the sidewalk and that they may not congregate in that area. The Ithaca City Police Officers have also spoken with the groups regarding blocking the sidewalks and moving to another area.

We LOVED the doll making (Bendi Dolls) workshop. PLEASE have workshops this fall and winter for elementary-aged children. I.e. Knitting, painting, drawing, clay and arts! In our climate inside options in cooler weather are great!

Response: Thank you for your comments. We too love the dolls and the exhibit and will direct your suggests to our public programming and community relations coordinator.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Patron Comments - July 2011

Comment: Suggestion – Have a motorized chair available for patrons who have difficulty walking.
Response: Thank you for the suggestion. We do have an automated cart at the front entrance of the library for this purpose. We can investigate the purchase of an additional cart.

Comment: I hope you can do away with the monitors at the checkout counters. They interfere with human to human contact.
Response: Thank you for your feedback. They have been helpful for providing additional information to patrons. We have dedicated staff at each station to help maintain the human to human contact but we will certainly carefully track the use of the additional monitors to make sure they are not interfering with customer service.

Comment: For your “families” theme this month, could you please display a photo of a gay or lesbian family too? We use the library too, and it’s hurtful to be excluded. Thanks.
Response: Thank you for this suggestion. We will make sure that our displays represent everyone who lives in our community.

Monitors are distracting at circulation.
Thank you for your feedback. We will carefully track the use of the additional monitors to make sure they are not interfering with customer service.

Great Library! Keep it up!
Response: Thank you! We love our community and love providing services, resources and materials.

A World on Fire by Amanda Foreman. 
New York Times Book Review July 3, 2011.
Response: Thank you for the purchase suggestion.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Patron Comments - May 2011

Comment: I think the library should have a wider variety of movies and books on tape.
Librarians select DVDs and audiobooks from a wide variety of resources and strive for a diverse and well rounded collection.  We welcome your suggestions for titles not in our collection.  Patron request forms may be found at any of our public services desks and on our website  under the “contact us” dropdown menu.
Comment: About 28 years ago, in the old library location, I dropped my 8 year old son off for a movie.  When I picked him up and asked how he liked the movie, he said,”Oh, I forgot to go.”  He had discovered TinTin and was so engrossed he forgot all about the movie.
Response: Thank you for this wonderful story.

Comment: The number of audio books on CD that can be checked out at a time should be increased.
Response: Thank you for your suggestion.  We have already made the change and you may now have 5 audio books checked out at any one time.

Comment:  We LOVE our library!  Equal access to information is essential to a healthy democracy.  Thanks for being an important part of our vibrant community.
Response: Thank you!  We are in total agreement.

Comment: Find funding for replacing the NYS law books.
Response: Thank you for your comment.  The law books are expensive to maintain and to keep up to date.  Much of the information is available online and our reference librarians can help you with your search.

Comment: I LOVE your “young person’s” art exhibit. It has moved me so much I have cried.
Response: We are very happy that you are enjoying this wonderful exhibit created by students from the Ithaca City School District.

Comment:  Great art show by the local high schoolers!!!  Impressive.
Response: Thank you.  We are very fortunate to have a community with such amazing talent.

Comment: I was returning a friend’s book.  I wanted to check it out and was told I could not.  It needed to go back on the shelf first.  That is silly!  A reader is a reader.  Please change this policy.
Response: Thank you for your suggestion.  This is a policy which we will be reviewing.

Comment:  I am being a bit sarcastic, but not all “large print” readers like mysteries with cat protagonists. 
Response: Thank you for your comment. The library now has kindles and nooks available for checking out for one week.  These reading devices allow you to control the size of the text.  They are preloaded with titles.  They also allow you to download eBooks from our Overdrive service.  Reference desk librarians are happy to help you learn more about this service.

Comment: I should be allowed more time on the internet if there are available computers.
Response: The demand for access to our internet computers is consistently high.  It is our goal to provide equal access to everyone.  Occasionally there are empty stations that allow patrons to get onto the internet quickly.

Comment: I am only allowed 5 DVDs on my county card.  It’s hard for me because I live far away.  In the past I could check out 3 DVDs at Dryden too. 
Response: The county card is a new service to increase the ease for all patrons in using all the Tompkins County Libraries.  We are still reviewing and modifying our policies and procedures.

Comment: As of now TCPL audiobooks are only loanable to Tompkins County libraries. Would you reconsider this policy? From a Cato patron.
Response: This policy will be reviewed.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Patron Comments - April 2011

Comment: There seems to be a number of smokers gathering at the entrance by the sidewalk lately and patrons are forced to walk through a cloud of smoke to enter the library.  Could the smokers be deterred please?
Response: Thank you for providing this feedback. We will review the signs indicating the “no smoking” areas. 

Comment: I love this library.  But not the new flashy screen at the checkout.  Do we need it?
Response: Thank you so much for using the library and for your positive comments. The large screen allows us to provide announcements about new library services, policies and programs. We have had many positive comments about having an additional space where announcements are made.   

Comment: PBS NOVA Elegant Universe DVD
Response: Thank you for the purchase suggestion.

Comment: Upstairs/Downstairs full series BBC requested, many of the collection was VHS tapes now 9 are very popular right now as PBS has started a new series again.
Response: Thank you for the purchase suggestion and noting that this series may once again become very popular.

Comment: I’d love to see more children’s art* in the kids’ section at their eye level.
*As in:  produced by children or kids could bring in their collections.
Response: Thank you for this suggestion. We do have a student art show each June with art from the High School but we agree having a children’s art show is a lovely idea. We will share this feedback with the art exhibit coordinator.

Comment: This library is a vital part of the community.  You all provide a service to us all.
Response: Thank you so much for your positive feedback. The staff are very dedicated to providing outstanding service to a wonderful community.

Comment: Please make the NEW books renewable even for one week.  Some of them are very lengthy (eg. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen)  Thanks.
Response: Thank you for this suggestion. One reason for the short loan time is that there is so much demand for the new items.

Comment: I am shocked, stunned, appalled, disgusted – to find that the new combined cards seriously limit the number of items I can take out.  Please reverse this nauseating plan.
Response: Thank you for your feedback. We will share your feedback at a meeting of the County libraries

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Patron Comments - March 2011

Comment: The selection of books on display for Women’s History Month is disappointing: 2 books on yoga for pregnancy, a book from a reality TV star?!  How about books about great women in history.
Response: This is a very popular display table that changes and is updated frequently.  A review of this table and the table in youth services this afternoon had books about a number of important women including Geraldine Ferrara, who passed away this week.

Comment: Please put a changing table in the children’s restroom, which uses the blue key.
Response: Thank you for the suggestion.  We will pass the request onto facilities.

Comment: The new screen at the checkout line is a minus for our family. One more flashy screen…other than that we love the library.  Thank you.
Response: We are delighted that you love the library and we are sorry you do not appreciate our screen.  This is an opportunity to inform our patrons of new materials and upcoming programs while they wait to checkout.

Comment: Every day I take out 5 DVDs.  They are all in English on the outside, but are in a foreign language.
Response: The library has an excellent collection of foreign language DVDs.  Our reference staff would be happy to show you how to identify which DVDs are in another language with subtitles. 

Comment: I understand the need of a guard to "watch" the library-but there is one certain guard who hovers over you all the time. Most of the patrons that come to the library are adults-and we do not need to be supervised all the time. Whenever I come into the library-he is always talking to the Reference desk, or going to the gas station to get a cup of coffee. As a former Securitas guard myself-you're not suppose to leave your post just to get a cup of coffee, and you need to respect the privacy of other people which he does not do.  Usually this guard is in on the week days!! I do not know his name-but I do know a lot of people do not like him, and FYI-when he’s working-his guard license needs to be shown at all times.  That’s a rule for Securitas guards!!
Response: Thank you for taking the time to send us your thoughts about the security procedures at TCPL. We appreciate all of our security guards and their dedication to helping make the library a welcoming and safe place for everyone. I invite you to make an appointment with me to discuss any specific concerns that you may have regarding security procedures.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Patron Comments - January & February 2011

Comment: Library staff is always polite and helpful. I appreciate their professional attitude. They do try to remind customers about food and noise.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments about TCPL staff. They are dedicated to providing the best possible service and do try very hard to help everyone use the library appropriately.

Comment: The volume of noise is rising every day and it is difficult to use the library resources for research. People talk loudly, headsets blast music, computers play music; cell phones go off and people shout; students get tutored at classroom level volumes. Whatever happened to respect of customers and “silence”? Why isn’t it encouraged?
Response: We are very sorry that this has been frustrating for you. We do have quiet areas within the library such as the Ezra Cornell Reading Room. Your descriptions highlight how the world around us is changing and how traditional notions of the library are changing as well and we would be happy to ask anyone talking overly loud or shouting to be quieter.

Comment: I enjoy the art displays at the Library; I especially liked the costumed dolls. Anymore costume dolls on the horizon?
Response: Thank you for your comments about the art exhibits. We have a wonderful art exhibit coordinator. The Erway Dolls are usually on display in December each year.

Comment: The Library should have been open more days between December 22 and Jan 3 to accommodate residents of the county who do not vacation away for the week. There was no access to the internet services and no access to children’s services for their education. Many people on a limited income have no access to newspapers.
Response: We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate that the library is needed for access to services, materials and the internet. We try very hard to have a schedule that works best for our community and we are open many holidays when other libraries and institutions are closed: President’s Day, MLK, Jr. Day, Veteran’s Day, etc. This year, while the library was closed, we were able to have some much needed maintenance work done that cannot be done when the library has regular hours (Painting, carpet cleaning, etc.)

Comment: The upholstered chairs are so dirty that they actually smell. With the threat of bedbugs, could he Library use a K2R(dry cleaning product) to clean them?
Response: Over the holiday break, all the upholstered furniture was given a “deep” cleaning by facilities staff. We regularly inspect the furniture and any dirty or damaged furniture is removed for repair, cleaning or replacement. Upon reading your comment, we have been in touch with facilities to inspect the chairs more often and to have them cleaned more often. Thank you for this feedback.