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 within the library only.


FamilySearch provides access to census data, statistics and many other resources that can help you learn about your family. Come into the Library and get access to records and images that are only available within the Library!

Access FamilySearch


Ontario Ancestors - Kawartha Branch

We also host the library collection of our partner organization, Ontario Ancestors - Kawartha Branch. They offer genealogy assistance by appointment only. You may also email them for research suggestions and direction. Follow the Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors on Facebook for tips, resources and online event announcements.

Ontario Ancestors monthly online information sessions are also open to the public, and recordings of these meetings are frequently available through our learning portal.

Check our Events Calendar for all upcoming genealogy events.