UPDATE (7:16 p.m. Friday) — This story was updated with information from an Ithaca Police Department news release.

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Tompkins County Public Library closed at 3 p.m Friday, Dec. 14, to carry out a “precautionary bomb search.”

A sign on the door said the library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The library is closed until Saturday for a precautionary bomb search, a sign affixed to the front door reads. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)
The library is closed until Saturday for a precautionary bomb search, a sign affixed to the front door reads. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

According to the Ithaca Police Department, at about 1:24 p.m., officers responded to the library at 101 E. Green St. for a bomb threat. The IPD’s K-9 unit specializing in bomb detection searched the building and “nothing suspicious or otherwise out of the ordinary was located,” police said.

Police said the investigation determined there is “no current threat to the public.”

The bomb threat at the library follows a series of threats reported Thursday across the country. Many businesses and institutions across the country received bomb threats attached to demands for payment via email. The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport received such a threat Thursday, which local and federal law enforcement deemed not credible.

Related: Tompkins airport one of many national sites to receive ‘non-credible’ bomb threat Thursday

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department. People can remain anonymous.

Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Police Tipline: 607-330-0000
Email: policeinfo@cityofithaca.org
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Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at dmagliozzi@ithacavoice.com or 607-391-0328.