Peterborough Central Library & Archives

Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX

General Information: 01733 864280

Archives: 01733 864160

Library Email:

Archives Email:

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.


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
  • Baby rhyme time - Rhymes and Instruments. Fridays 10.30- 11.00am. FREE.

  • Albert the Alligator Storycraft session - Stories, crafts and rhymes. FREE sessions for under 5’s. Every Tuesday, 10.30-11.00am.

  • Coding Club - Scratch for Beginners -  For 7-11 year olds. Fortnightly 12.00-1.00pm - 11/5/19, 25/5/19, 8/6/19, 22/6/19, 6/7/19 -  PRE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL at

  • Coding Club - Scratch, HTML and Python For 7-11 year olds. Fortnightly 1.30-2.30pm -  13/4/19, 11/5/19, 25/5/19, 8/6/19, 22/6/19, 6/7/19 -  PRE BOOKiNG IS ESSENTIAL at



  • Learn My Way Online Basics - every Thursday 2.00pm-3.30pm.

  • Job club - computer sessions every Tuesday 10.30-12.00pm.

  • Citizens Advice Bureau Drop In -  every Tuesday 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • 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.

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.

Spring Bank Holiday

Monday 27th May – All Libraries will be closed, with the exceptions of Stanground, Dogsthorpe, and Eye, which will be available for self-service from 8.00 am - 7.00 pm

Day Library available* Staffed hours Archives Services Open
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 2.00pm-5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am-7.00pm 2.00pm-5.00pm Closed
Friday 9.00am-7.00pm 10.00am-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+