A Peterborough Public Library membership is free if you live, go to school, or own property in the City of Peterborough.

Fill out our new membership form to request a library card and someone will get back to you in 48 hours. 

Don't live in the City?  Fill out the form above to request a 3 month membership. Check out our Out of Town Membership options.

How to get a Library Card

Visit the library and speak with our staff at the Check-out Desk. To get a library card, you will need to bring proof of address, such as a driver's license.

During COVID-19, you can also fill out our new membership form online and someone will get back to you in 48 hours. 

Students must present a current student card and additional identification showing a permanent home address.

Children's Membership

Children under 13 must have a parent or guardian sign the back of their card, which assumes responsibility for all material and charges on the child's card.

Children without identification may use a parent or guardian's ID as proof of address.

Out of Town Memberships

Bring documentation with your name and current address to the Library to register for a library card.

Fees for out of town memberships are:

  • 3 month membership $25.00 
  • 6 month membership $35.00
  • 9 month membership $45.00
  • 1 year membership $55.00
  • 1 year membership - 65 years or older $35.00
  • 2 year membership $110.00
  • 2 year membership - 65 years or older $70.00

Reciprocal Borrowing

If you are a member of the Cavan MonaghanDouro-Dummer, Kawartha Lakes, Selwyn, or Trent Lakes Public Libraries you can use your local library card to borrow physical items from the Ptbo Library - this also means you can now use your Ptbo Library card at these locations too.  

Please note: Your local library card can only be used to borrow physical items. If you would like to access our Digital Collection you will need to purchase an Out of Town Membership.

Before you can use your card, please bring your photo ID and library card to the Check-Out Desk so we can register your home library card in our system.  

We are working on agreements with other Libraries in our region and will update our website when more partnerships are finalized. Please let us know if your library would be interested in a reciprocal borrowing agreement with us!

Library Account

You will need your account number and your PIN to access My Account online, to borrow items, place holds, and use our digital resources. 

Your account number is found below the barcode on your library card. Your PIN is a 4 digit number that was created when you registered for a Library membership, usually the last 4 digits of your phone number.

Renew your Membership

Your library card will expire after 2 years. To renew, please visit the library with proof of address.

During COVID-19 you can also renew your membership over the phone by calling 705-745-5382 ext 2340, or email us at libraryinfo@peterborough.ca.

Lost or Damaged Cards

Please notify the library as soon as possible if your card is lost or stolen.

Members can replace lost or stolen cards for a charge of $3.50. The member is responsible for any items borrowed on the card until the Library has been notified of the loss/theft.

Allowing Another Person to use your Library Card

A library card may only be used by the person who signs up for it.

If you wish to grant permission for another person to use and/or renew your library card, you must complete a Consent to Disclose Personal Information form which you can do online or in person at either Library branch.