Explore your local library service and all the other great things that come with it. As well as our extensive reference and lending facilities, there’s a whole lot more to discover and enjoy. Learn about archives and research, use our IT resources, events, courses, book clubs, resources for children, teenagers and jobseekers – and lots more!
Introduction to the Library Service
We offer a free library orientation session which includes awareness of how to use the library and what children can find in it, how to join, book clubs and other activities on offer.
The visit will also include an age-appropriate storytime session.
If you would like your class visit to be themed to a particular subject or topic, this can be provided at a charge of £1 per child.
Our libraries are listed below - please contact your local library to arrange a visit or to discuss your requirements.
The Boys Into Books scheme supports your work encouraging your children to read more for pleasure.
Contact us for further information or to sign up for the scheme.
There are no lower or upper limits to how many books you can borrow from us at a time.
Schools typically ask for loan collections of 20-50 books for either a half term or term at a time.
The stock covers KS1 – KS3 pupils and is mostly fiction.
The titles in the collection cover a range of reading abilities.
We can either choose titles for you, or you are more than welcome to come in and select your own stock.
On occasion we offer author events to schools, where children are invited to come along to a library and meet an author.
The usual format is an author talk or presentation about their work, question and answer session, and an opportunity for the children to purchase their own copies of the book and have it signed.
Examples of past events include: John Connolly, Sophie McKenzie, Jeremy Strong, Kjartan Poskitt, the ‘Two Steves’ and Clementine Beauvais.
To keep up to date with any author visits, please sign up to the Vivacity schools newsletter.
Peterborough Libraries offer a special FREE nursery, playgroup and registered childminder service.
A wide range of board books and picture books are available to be borrowed on a termly basis, for children to use in your setting. Most settings borrow a box of about 30 items and change them each term.
We will make the selection for you, unless you prefer to choose your own titles which you are very welcome to do.
For more information, and to arrange to borrow a book box, please email the Central Library.
All libraries have been risk assessed, copies of these documents can be seen on request.
If you would prefer to carry out your own risk assessment, please let us know.
Vivacity has a safeguarding policy in place.