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.


Many people use the online resource Ancestry to look for information onAncestry In-Library Edition 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.

 Access Ancestry Library Edition Remote from home until December 31, 2021.

We also host the library collection of our partner organization, the Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person assistance by this group is unavailable, but you may email them for research suggestions and direction. Follow the Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors on Facebook for tips, resources and online event announcements.