The Peterborough Collection

Located in the quiet study area at the back of the library, the library's local history collection - also known as the Peterborough Collection - includes books, newspapers, maps, cemetery records, directories and other historical material about well known people, organizations and institutions of the city and county of Peterborough. Some material from surrounding counties is also included.

Browse the Peterborough Collection or ask for help at the Information Desk.

If you are not able to come to the library, you may submit a local research request for additional help for a fee.

Opens Ancestry online


Many people use the online resource Ancestry to look for information on their family trees. The library has a subscription if you would like to try this resource for free at the library using either our computers or your own mobile device. 

Special Remote Access to Ancestry for Patrons Until September 30.

Our partner organization, the Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors, may be able to help you with your family history research. Email the Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors to book an appointment with one of its members.

Join the Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors members for Drop In Genealogy 
Wednesdays from 1-4 pm in the Peterborough Collection