Library Collections

A Stack of BooksThe Main Branch of the Peterborough Public Library has a well-stocked current circulating print and media collection of books (large print and regular format), audio books, music CDs, DVDs and magazines for adults, children and teens. The Delafosse Branch has primarily a recreational reading collection of books, in addition to a small collection of music CDs, DVDs, audio books and magazines.
The library’s Information staff are able to assist you in locating the items that you need, and are happy to suggest titles of interest. If you would like to explore on your own, check out our Booklists and Award Winners, or consult Novelist Plus, one of our many databases.

Local Authors Collection 

The Local Authors Collection showcases locally-produced, self-published, or independent press works of fiction, non-fiction, music and film. Patrons of all ages can borrow items from this contemporary (non-archival) collection. Local authors may contribute by completing a submission form.

Reference Collection

The non-circulating Reference section at Main consists of popular reference materials such as encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, maps, etc., in addition to government documents and local and family history materials (aka "The Peterborough Collection").

If you are doing research on a particular topic, you may also choose to explore our online information databases.

Online News & Information

Library users also have access to a wide variety of subscription databases – most are available at home using your library card. While most support general research, some of them are more specialized. 

Accessible Formats

The library offers a range of titles for adults and children in large print and non-book formats such as Audiobooks on CD, PLayaway, and MP3-CD's. In addition, there are downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks; many of the electronic print forms have text-to-speech capability.

French Language

While the adult collection emphasizes fiction reading, there are also non-fiction print, movies, and CD music titles.  The children's collection features a range of material for all learning levels: board books, easy readers, book and CD kits, picture books, audiobooks on CD, movies, magazines and more

Healthy Families Collection

Healthy Families LogoLocated in the Children’s Department, this is a special collection of books, audio books, and DVDs that provides answers to questions on a wide variety of parenting subjects such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Bullies / Teasing, Behaviour Problems and Separation and Divorce. A selection of titles by subject can be found online here or in paper format at the library.

The Healthy Families web site provides a rich source of information to parents and caregivers, as well as informing the community of upcoming workshops and other events relating to parenting.

City of Peterborough residents may borrow material free of charge from the Centre with their library card. If you do not live in the City of Peterborough, you may become a "non-resident" borrower by paying a nominal fee. Interlibrary Loan is available free of charge for the books in the Healthy Families Collection through any local public library in Ontario.

The Healthy Families Collection is part of a collective multi-agency initiative. Participating agencies are: Kinark Child and Family Services; Learning Disabilities Association-Peterborough; Peterborough Public Health; Peterborough Family Resource Centre; Asphodel-Norwood Public Library, as well as the Peterborough Public Library.

Peterborough Collection

The Peterborough Collection is a special collection of items that covers the rich historical, social and cultural growth of the city of Peterborough and the surrounding counties from the early 1800s to the present. The collection fulfills a special role in serving the needs of researchers interested in local and family history. All the material is accessible to anyone who visits the library while it is open and inquiries can be made at the Adult Information desk. See the Peterborough Collection page of this site for more details of its nature.

Borrowing from other Libraries

Materials that are not in this library can often be borrowed from other libraries. For details, see Interlibrary Loan.

Donations and Additions to the Collection

Donations of books, magazines and audio-visual materials are welcomed at the library and are used by the Friends of the Library to raise funds to purchase new materials and equipment and to sponsor programs. On rare occasions an item may be added to the collection. Those seeking to add a particular item to the library’s collection should contact the Collections Development Librarian at 705-745-5382.