Libraries & Archives For Schools

Libraries & Archives For Schools

Introduce your students to their local library service and all the other great things that come with it. We offer a flexible service to help schools encourage their students to read for pleasure. Get in touch to discuss how we can help your school.

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Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: the illustrated world of Nick Sharratt

From Jan-Mar 2020, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is excited to be hosting this colourful, humorous and hands-on exhibition. 

Visitors can immerse themselves in Sharratt’s world, find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career.

Vivacity will be offering hands-on school sessions for Key Stages 1 and 2 linked to this exhibition, and as places will be limited, we are inviting you to register your interest now.  We can work with one class at a time per session, up to a maximum of 3 classes across a day. 

These sessions will be held weekly on a Monday starting from 13 January, with the last one on 23 March. 

Half day sessions – please choose 2 of the following:

  • Library-led sessions – interactive storytelling and story-making. 
  • Arts workshops – let your pupils get creative with cross curriculum workshops inspired by the weird and wonderful world of Nick Sharratt. 
  • Museum-led ‘Living History’ activity. 

Full day sessions:

If you would like to stay on and have a full day at the museum, we will offer all three sessions.  

Costs per class:

Half day (2 sessions) = £180

Full day (3 sessions) = £285 

To register your interest, please email and we will send you more details.

Please indicate the following:

  • if you would like a half day or full day.
  • which sessions you would like
  • your school, year group and no. of classes. 

 Vivacity's children's Book Bus is available to visit schools around Peterborough.

The new Book Bus has been designed to appeal to children, with the exterior of the bus featuring a colourful wrap designed by local children’s author and illustrator Ellie Sandall. Inside there is space for storytelling, plus plenty of books to inspire the imagination.
The aim of the Book Bus is to encourage reading while contributing to make a difference to children's literacy across the city.
We introduce children to the library service while inspiring them to read for enjoyment.
To find out more about how the Book Bus can improve performance in your school, contact our team by e-mailing and registering your interest.

Class Visits to Libraries

Introduction to the Library Service

We offer a free library introduction session suitable for all age groups. Introduce your students to their local library, help them learn how to become members and what they can do in the library. Engaging with the library service encourages your students to read for pleasure outside of school and to use the library with their families.

The visits include activities to further students' knowledge about the library, including a story where age-appropriate, and lots of time for children to explore the library. 

Themed Visits

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. Themed visits include activities using the library materials based around your chosen topic. 


Our libraries are listed below - please contact the Reader Development team on 01733 864773 or by emailing to arrange a visit or to discuss your requirements.

Growing Readers

Our new programme working in schools with small groups of targeted families is now available after being successfully piloted in 2018.

This programme of six, weekly sessions for EYFS students and their families models sharing stories, exploring linked activities, and reading together, in a fun, pressure-free way. The sessions encourage children to enjoy books and reading and helps parents and carers to gain confidence in sharing stories with their children and engaging in their learning. 

Each week's session is based around a different picture book and families receive a copy of each book to keep and continue sharing at home.

“The interaction between children and parents was lovely to see. Children were enthused about the activities and books on their return to the classroom.” Teacher who took part in pilot programme

“Having the children read together and do activities related to the books helped get my son more interested in what’s happening in the stories” Parent who took part in pilot programme

If you would like more information about this programme, including costs, please email



Boys Into Books scheme

The Boys Into Books scheme supports your work encouraging your children to read more for pleasure.

Contact us at 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.

Children's Author Visits

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.

Loan Collection for Nurseries and Playgroups

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.

Safeguarding and FAQs

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.


Bretton Library

The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DS

General Information: 01733 864291

Dogsthorpe Library

Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, PE1 4LH

General Information: 01733 864300

Eye Library

Crowland Road, Eye, Peterborough, PE6 7UZ

General Information: 01733 864142

Hampton Library

Clayburn Road, Hampton, Peterborough, PE7 8GL

General Information: 01733 864538

Orton Library

Bushfield, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 5RQ

General Information: 01733 864296

Peterborough Central Library & Archives

Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX

General Information: 01733 864280

Stanground Library

Southfields Avenue, Stanground, Peterborough, PE2 8RZ

General Information: 01733 864302

Thorney Library

Church Street, Thorney, Peterborough, PE6 0QB

General Information: 01733 864542

Werrington Library

Staniland Way, Werrington, Peterborough, PE4 6JT

General Information: 01733 864282

Woodston Library

Orchard Street, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9AL

General Information: 01733 864304

Mobile Library