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Libraries, Archives & BIPC.

Libraries, Archives & BIPC

Free Home Rapid Testing Kits.

Free home rapid testing kits, which help identify Covid-19 in people with no symptoms, are now available for customers to collect at our Central, Orton, Hampton and Stanground libraries.


Books and reading are one of life’s pleasures. Whether it is a physical book, an e-publication or audio book, reading can keep us informed and entertained. You will find lots of opportunities to delve amongst the bookshelves or browse online through our 10 sites across the city combined with our mobile library service.

People can also enjoy our regular activities including Storytime and Rhyme time sessions for pre-school children to enjoy the love of reading accompanied by an adult to share their experience. You can also access free internet at our venues or enjoy our 'quiet spaces' to get some peace and quiet to enjoy your reading or study time.

These services are free.


The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC), based at Peterborough Central Library, offers a wide range of free services and support to entrepreneurs.

Offering vital insights, confidential advice and access to free resources, training and events – both online and in-person – the BIPC can help people to start or develop their own business.


Do you enjoy delving into the past? Peterborough Archives Service provides access to a wide range of resources that can be used to research the history and culture of Peterborough and the surrounding area.

Our extensive collections, spanning more than 800 years, include original documents, maps, drawings, photographs, newspapers and books, as well as film & sound recordings.

Access to the archives is free, although there is a charge for photocopying/scanning documents and research costs.

Peterborough Archives Service, Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX

+44 (0) 1733 864 160

Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10am - 1pm

Tuesday & Thursday
1pm - 4pm

Local library contact information.

Peterborough Central Library

Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX

+44 (0) 1733 864 280

Monday - Friday
10am - 4pm

9am - 3pm

Bretton Library

Orton Library

Werrington Library

Hampton Library

Dogsthorpe Library

Eye Library

Stanground Library

Thorney Library

Woodston Library