While Ontario is in province-wide shutdown, the Library will continue to operate on a Curbside Pickup Service model.  

This is what you can expect as of April 1, 2021:

Picking up your material

  • Please enter and exit the building through our main doors off Aylmer St. This is an accessible entrance with access to an elevator.
  • A maximum of 6 people will be permitted to enter the library at a time for curbside pick up services only. If there are more than 6 people waiting at any given time, the line will extend outside to maintain social distancing.
  • Face coverings and contact tracing are now required, with limited exemptions.  

Access to other areas of the library

  • The public washrooms in the lower level of the library are open to the public. Only one person can use the washroom at a time. 
  • There will be no access to any other area of the library.
  • Room rental spaces and the Café will also remain closed at this time.

Printing and Public Computers 

  • Public computers and photocopying services are not available at this time.
  • Printing services are available. Please email your print jobs to PrintingPPL@peterborough.ca prior to coming to the library. You will be asked to pay for them at curbside pickup before the print jobs are completed.
    Please note: we are not be able to print from USB at this time.  
  • All items returned to the library will be placed in a 7-day quarantine before being re-shelved. You may notice fines on your account during this time but they will be removed once items have been checked back in. If you have any questions about your account please contact us.

Everyone will be required to self-assess before entering the building. If you are feeling unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19 you should visit an assessment center and follow their recommendations prior to entering this building. If you are experiencing severe symptoms call 911.

Temporary Library Hours

The Main Library Branch is open :

  • Tuesday - 10 am to 8 pm
  • Wednesday - 10 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday - 10 am to 8 pm
  • Friday - 10 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday and Monday - closed

 Health and Safety

The library has implemented many new protocols to ensure the safety of our staff and community including:

  • mandatory masks for all library staff
  • additional hand sanitizer stations installed
  • plexiglass shields at customer service points 
  • physical distancing reminders throughout the library to stay 2 m (6 ft) away from others
  • increased cleaning protocols throughout the facility; including the public washrooms, stair railings, and door handles. 

All of our in-person programming remains on hold for now however, we will continue offering virtual programs for adults, teens, and children until at least the end of the year. 


Q: If I have fines on my account, can I still borrow material from the library?

A: YES! The library has removed any blocks on accounts so that everyone with a PPL library card can access our online and physical items during this challenging time.  

Q: I don’t have a library card, what can I do?

A: If you aren't already a library member, fill out our online membership form to request a library card and someone will get back to you in 48-72 hours.

Q: I put a book on hold, will I be able to pick it up later?

A: You can place holds on titles through our online catalogue and pick them up at our Curbside Service when they are ready. Please watch for your hold pickup notification for more information.

Q: Can I still return books once I am finished with them?

A: Yes, our book return is still open! Feel free to bring your books back when you’re done.

Q: Can I still donate my books to the Friends of the Library?

A: The Friends of the Library are not accepting donations at this time. Once they start back up and are comfortable sorting books while remaining safe, they will once again be able to accept donations. You can follow the Friends on Facebook or subscribe to updates on the FOL website.

Q: Can I book at room at the library for a future date?  

A: Our Room Rental service is currently suspended.

Q: How do I contact the library if I have more questions?

A: Call us at 705-745-5382 ext 2340 or email us at libraryinfo@peterborough.ca