Peterborough Central Library & Archives

Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX

General Information: 01733 864280

Archives: 01733 864160



Peterborough Central library offers events and activities for families, adults and children. these can include: 

  • Summer reading schemes
  • Holiday activities

To find out more contact the library.

Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX

General Information: 01733 864280

Archives: 01733 864160


For class visits for school please contact the library.

Due to an essential planned upgrade to our Library Management System, we will not be able to offer a full range of service between Tuesday 30 May and Wednesday 7 June inclusive.

Click here for more information

Peterborough Central Library has the following facilities available for use:

  • Free Wi-FI
  • A children’s area
  • Copying and fax
  • Adaptive Technology which allows access to computing for those with disabilities
  • Computers for public use
  • John Clare Theatre and LP Hartley rooms available for hire
  • Albert the Alligator Storycraft session - Stories, crafts and rhymes. FREE sessions for under 5’s. Every Tuesday, 10.30-11.00am.
  • Baby rhyme time - Rhymes and Instruments. Fridays 10.30- 11.00am. FREE.
  • Storytime - Saturdays, 2.15-2.45pm. FREE.
  • Learn My Way Online Basics - every Thursday 2.00pm-3.30pm.
  • Job club - computer sessions every Tuesday 10.30-12.00pm.
  • Coding Club - Introduction to Scratch – Fortnightly on a Saturday 1.30pm to 2.45pm. Spaces available, please speak to a member of staff.  Forthcoming dates: 24/6/17, 8/7/17, 22/7/17
  • Careers Support for Adults in the Peterborough Area- If you’re looking for a job, want help choosing a career or need a hand
    to get you moving in the right direction, the Adult Careers Service team can help.
    To book a session call 01733 864620.
    You can also find lots of careers support on line at the National Careers Service website:
  • Friends Group

    Central Library is starting a new Friends Group. If you’re interested in joining, please ask staff for details.

  • Peterborough Writers Group

This is an informal group for people who like to write so we can share our writing and exchange ideas. They meet at Central Library, once a month on a Friday between 11am-1pm.  Contact Elaine at the library to find out the next meeting date.

John Clare Theatre

Peterborough Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX

General Information: 01733 864169


The John Clare Theatre is on the first floor of the Central Library building on Broadway, and seats 142 people. It’s an intimate, pleasant venue for information call 01733 864169.


Library available

Staffed hours
Monday 9.00am-7.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am-7.00pm 10.00am–5.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am-7.00pm 2.00pm-5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am-7.00pm 2.00pm-5.00pm
Friday 9.00am-7.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm
Saturday 9.00am-3.00pm 9.00am-3.00pm
Sunday Closed Closed

*During times when the library is available but not staffed, you can access the library using the open+ system

Click here to find out more about open+

Under 16s are unable to register for open+, but they are welcome to come in to the library during open+ hours if accompanied by a parent or guardian.