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 - Dates for the Autumn Term are: 14th Sept (sold out), 28th Sept (sold out), 26th Oct (sold out), 9th Nov, 23rd Nov, 7th Dec, 21st Dec. 

    PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. To book, please go to:



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

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

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

(By appointment only: 2.00pm - 5.00pm)

Tuesday 9.00am-7.00pm 10.00am–5.00pm

(By appointment only: 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

(By appointment only: 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+