Research Service & Courses

Research Service & Courses

We can look for information in the records we hold, including family history and local history resources. We often do checks in parish registers, census returns and local newspapers, as well as conducting more extensive research using our local history and archive collections.

If you can’t visit the library, we can do some research on your behalf

Family history courses

Not sure how to start researching your family history? Why not attend one of our regular family history basics and next steps courses giving you the skills to conduct your own research.


A course is £20 per person. For more information and to sign up, please contact us.

Research service charges

If you do not have the time to conduct your own research but would lie us to do it for you we charge £25 per hour inclusive of up to five print outs, postage and packing.

Get started now by visiting the archives department at Peterborough Central Library.

Reprographic Charges

A4 black/white photocopies per sheet (minimum charge £1.50)

£0.50

A4 computer printouts per sheet

£0.30

A4 colour photocopies per sheet (minimum charge £1.50)

£1.00

A4 microfilm/fiche prints per sheet 

£0.50

A3 black/white photocopies per sheet (minimum charge £1.50)

£0.75

A3 colour photocopies per sheet 

£1.50

A3 microfilm/fiche prints per sheet (by post £5 min charge)

£0.80 

Digital Images & Photographs 

TIFF or JPEG image emailed from scanner (min charge £3.00)

£1.00

JPEG photograph image emailed to you (min charge £5.00)

£1.00

Providing digital images on a CD + P&P

£3.00

Images per frame (from your own camera)

£0.50

Day pass of unlimited images (from your own camera)

£5.00

Reprographics charges

Printouts and photocopies

A4 Sheets

  • A4 black and white photocopies per sheet £0.50 (minimum charge £1.50)
  • A4 computer printouts per sheet £0.30
  • A4 colour photocopies per sheet £1.00 (minimum charge £1.50)
  • A4 microfilm/fiche prints per sheet £0.50

A3 Sheets

  • A3 black and white photocopies per sheet £0.75 (minimum charge £1.50)
  • A3 colour photocopies per sheet £1.50
  • A3 microfilm/fiche prints per sheet £0.80 (Orders sent by post with £5 minimum charge)

Digital Images

  • TIFF or JPEG digital image from scanner and emailed to you £1 per image (minimum charge £3)
  • JPEG digital photograph and emailed to you £1 per image (minimum charge £5)
  • Providing digital images on CD + P&P £3

Digital photographs (own camera)

  • Per frame 50p
  • Day pass Unlimited images £5

Publication Charges (NOT copyright)

Printed material

(Books, periodicals, magazines or journals per image)

Black/white English language £25.00
Black/white World Rights £50.00
Colour English language £35.00
Colour World Rights £75.00

Educational /textbooks per image

Black/white English language £15.00
Black/white World Rights £30.00
Colour English language £20.00
Colour World Rights £40.00

Local non-profit individual/group publications incl. use in public talks

Black/white English language per image £3.00
Colour English language per image £5.00

Web Application publications (low res images only)

Commercial publications per image £40.00
Academic publications per image £20.00
Local Charity organisations per image £4.00

 Television, film and video

TV/film flash fee (up to 12 seconds) first use (five year rights) £75.00
TV/film flash fee – each repeat (five year rights) £38.00
Worldwide buyout of one image (all TV/media in perpetuity)  Contact us

Publication Charges

Charges for licence to copy – NOT copyright

Printed material

Books, periodicals, magazines or journals per image

  • B&W English Language £25
  • B&W World Rights £50
  • Colour English Language £35
  • Colour World Rights £75

Educational /textbooks per image

  • B&W English Language £15
  • B&W World Rights £30
  • Colour English Language £20
  • Colour World Rights £40

Local non-profit individual/group publications incl. Use in public talks

  • B&W English Language per image £3
  • Colour English Language per image £5

Web Application publications (low res images only)

  • Commercial publications per image £40
  • Academic publications per image £20
  • Local Charity organisations per image £4

Television, film and video

  • TV/film flash fee (up to 12 seconds) first use (five year rights) £75
  • TV/film flash fee – each repeat (five year rights) £38
  • Worldwide buyout of one image (all TV, media and perpetuity) please contact us.