‘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 a bus stop in the Ortongate Shopping Centre. The library is in the large building by the grass behind the main shops, at the opposite end to QD, and is in the same building as Ormiston Bushfield Academy with its own entrance. Photos and a video at the bottom of this page show how to enter.
In 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 is wheelchair-friendly.
There are public toilets in the library.
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 soon.
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! For example, they have some excellent health and wellbeing books for teens and children, some shown here…
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.
This video shows how to get to the library behind the Ortongate Shopping Centre, and a bit around inside.