The Library subscribes to a small number of print newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, Lakefield HeraldNational Post, Northern Miner, the Peterborough Examiner, Peterborough This Week, and Toronto Star. Back issues are retained for two months. Three of these are retained permanently on microfilm – the Peterborough Examiner, Peterborough This Week and the Globe and Mail.

Due to space constraints and preservation issues, the library has a limited collection of print newspapers, newsletters and other similar periodicals. Some of these are retained as part of the library’s Peterborough Collection. The Peterborough Collection contains items of a local nature that are pertinent to the needs of researchers of Peterborough, Peterborough County and surrounding areas. See the Peterborough Collection page of this web site for more details.

The library retains a number of older newspapers on microfilm. Most of these are from Peterborough but the library does have a lengthy run of the Globe and Mail. For a complete list, check the section Genealogy/Local History of this web site.

Many newspapers are now available electronically through the library’s web site and can be accessed from home with your library card:

  • Library Press Display allows you to view more than 500 Canadian and international newspapers, just as they would appear in the print edition.
  • CPI.Q Canadian Periodicals includes Canadian and international journals, magazines, some sections of the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, biographies, and more.