Peterborough Central Library & Archives

Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX

General Information: 01733 864280

Archives: 01733 864160

Library Email: libraryenquiries@vivacity-peterborough.com

Archives Email: archives.services@vivacity-peterborough.com

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

Email: libraryenquiries@vivacity-peterborough.com

For class visits for school please contact the library.

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, 2.00-2.30pm. FREE.
  • Learn My Way Online Basics - every Thursday 2.00pm-3.30pm.
  • Job club - computer sessions every Tuesday 10.30-12.00pm.
  • Coding Club - PRE BOOKING ESSENTIAL –  For 7-11 year olds. Fortnightly 1.30-2.45pm - 7/11/17, 21/11/17, 4/11/17, 18/11/17, 2/12/17, 16/12/17
  • 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: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
  • 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

Email: enquiries@vivacity-peterborough.com

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.

Day Library available* Staffed hours Archives Services Open
Monday 9.00am-7.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm

10.00am-1.00pm;
2.00pm-5.00pm

Tuesday 9.00am-7.00pm 10.00am–5.00pm

10.00am-1.00pm;
2.00pm-5.00pm

Wednesday 8.00am-7.00pm 2.00pm-5.00pm 2.00pm-5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am-7.00pm 2.00pm-5.00pm Closed
Friday 9.00am-7.00pm 10.00am-5.00pm

10.00am-1.00pm;
2.00pm-5.00pm

Saturday 9.00am-3.00pm 9.00am-3.00pm Closed
Sunday Closed Closed Closed

Click here for Local Studies and Archives opening hours

*During times when the library is available but not staffed, you can access the library using the open+ system. Click here for information about open+