‘It is a special place. I go there to unwind and relax and browse books. I go there to work and concentrate. I go there with my toddler to inspire her with the love of reading. The library has been a huge help to my mental health through the difficult times of early parenthood.’
‘Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.’
Sidney Sheldon, writer
‘In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.’
Linton Weeks, Washington Post Staff Writer
What to expect?
There is plenty of free parking and two bus stops in the Bretton Shopping Centre. Access the library through the Cresset entrance on the car park, opposite Sainsbury’s. Photos and a video at the bottom of this page show how to enter.
As you enter the library, there is a main desk where you will usually find a friendly and informative librarian. They can help you find all sorts of information, from particular books to community services.
Access to the library main floor is wheelchair-friendly, and there is a lift to the upper floor where the computers are.
There are public toilets in the Cresset Centre.
As of 1st April 2022, Peterborough Ltd is responsible for the service delivery of Peterborough Libraries and Archives, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, and Flag Fen. The website for each service will be updated over the coming weeks.
On the libraries website, you will find lots of opportunities to browse online through Peterborough’s 10 sites across the city combined with the mobile library service, or see what other services they run.
People can also enjoy regular activities, access free internet, or enjoy ‘quiet spaces’ to get some peace and quiet to enjoy your reading or study time.
Librarians are also great at helping you find information you need.
Access to the library and most activities is free, and include:
People must become a member (free) to borrow library materials and use the computers. Find out how to join on their website.
Find opening hours for all the libraries on this page.
Occasionally, some activities have a cost, which the library will advise on.
The Bretton Library has a downstairs room to hire at a very reasonable cost, with tables and chairs for meetings, talks, or other activities. Please contact them direct to find out more.
This video shows how to get to the library in the Cresset Centre, and a bit around inside.