Curbside Pickup will end on Saturday, August 22, 2020 so that the library can reopen to the public on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. 

We are offering Curbside Pickup services at the Main Library Branch during the following times: 

  • Tuesdays:  1 pm to 3 pm and 5 to 7 pm
  • Wednesdays: 10 am to noon and 2 pm to pm 
  • Thursdays: 1 pm to pm and 5 pm to pm
  • Fridays: 10 am to noon and 2 pm to pm
  • Saturdays: 1am to noon and 2 pm to pm 

No appointment is necessary. 

Library Curbside Pickup is low contact, and prioritizes the safety of you and our staff while making physical library materials available to borrow.

There are 4 steps to our Curbside Pickup:

 Step 1 -  Place your holds / Order your items

As of May 28, 2020 you can place holds online in our Library Catalogue using My Account or you can call us at 705-745-5382 ext 2340 and a staff member will help you with your requests. 

 Step 2 - Pick up your items

You will receive an email or phone call when your items are ready to be picked up. Please wait for this notification before coming to the Library for Curbside Pickup. 

No appointment is necessary. Simply show up during one of our curbside pick up times. 

When you arrive at the Library Commons parking lot (off Simcoe Street), please speak with the staff member outside to let us know you are here to pick up your items.  

You will be asked to provide your name and the last 7 digits of your library card number.

 Step 3 - Return your items

The external book return is open 24/7. It is Located on the North side of the building, off Simcoe Street and the Library Commons parking lot. 

Staff will not accept library materials directly from members at this time.

All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours (3 days) before being returned to the library inventory for circulation. 

Step 4 - Repeat!

Return to Step 1 and repeat Steps 1 through 3. 

Please remember:

  • The library continues to offer digital resources through the Browse tab where cardholders can access eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, streaming video, and eLearning opportunities. 

  • Stay in the know by:

Still curious?

Check out our COVID-19 page and the FAQ section below for more information. 

Q: When will the DelaFosse branch reopen? I want to pick my items up there.  
A: The DelaFosse branch is remaining closed at this time so we can provide service at the Main Library Branch with limited staff. Your holds will now be available for pick up at the Main branch. 
Q: I called the Library and no one answered. Should I leave a message?
A: Yes please! We're sorry we missed your call, but please leave us a message at 705-745-5382 ext 2340 and we will call you back. 
Q: How do you ensure that Curbside Pickup is low contact?
A: When you let us know that you've arrived to pick up your items, one of our staff will gather your items, check them out to you, and then bring them outside to the staff station and place them on the table. We ask that you wait until the staff member steps back 2 meters/6 feet from the table before taking your items. The transfer table will also be cleaned between pickups as an extra precaution. 
Q: Are library materials safe to borrow? Will I catch COVID-19 from them?
A: We are taking precautions with all library items and putting them into a 3-day quarantine upon their return.  

Items will remain on your account for the 3 days while they are in quarantine, then removed. You will not be charged late fines for this material while it is in quarantine  

Please be aware that we cannot guarantee the complete sanitization of library items. As books cannot be effectively cleaned and disinfected, the expert's recommendation is that library items are quarantined before use. The quarantine period is subject to change as more information about COVID-19 is known. At this time, the COVID-19 virus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel. 

Q: How are you keeping staff and members of the public safe? 
A: Staff will be practicing physical distancing measures and frequent hand washing as well as using personal protective equipment (PPE) when it is appropriate to do so. Shared surfaces will be disinfected between uses.  
Q: Where are you getting your COVID-19 information from?

A: The Peterborough Public Library continues to regularly monitor Public Health and government communications. For the most current information on COVID-19 in our area and for what you can do to be proactive, how to protect yourself and to help stop the spread of germs, visit Peterborough Public Health.  

For current information about COVID-19 in Canada, visit the Health Canada website for Coronavirus disease outbreak information and for COVID-19 information around the world, visit the World Health Organization’s Coronavirus disease outbreak page

Q: How do I find out the latest information about the library closure and when it will reopen? 
A: Check our: 
Q: What if I have still have items that I borrowed before the Library closure?

A: Due dates on all items checked were automatically extended until June 15, 2020. You can return them any time to our exterior return slot which is open 24/7.

Regular loan periods will apply for all material borrowed as of June 3, 2020. 

Q: If I have fines on my account, can I still borrow items? 
A: Yes! The library has temporarily removed any blocks on accounts so that everyone with a Peterborough Public Library card can access our online items during the facility closure.
Q: I owe the library a fee. How can I pay it?

A: We can accept credit card payments over the phone during our operating hours. If we are busy helping other members, please leave us a message at 705-745-5382 ext 2340 and we will call you back. We are not accepting cash, EFTs or debit payments at this time.

Q: I don’t have a library card, what can I do? 
A: If you aren't already a library member, fill out ournew membership form to request a library card and someone will get back to you in 48-72 hours. 
Q: Can I come into the library now to pick my own items? 

A: The Library is still closed to all public access. We are only able to provide physical materials through our Curbside Pickup services. 

Our staff would be happy to help you with this. Please call us at 705-745-5382 ext 2340 or email

Q: Can I pick up holds for someone else?
A: Yes! Please have the cardholder call us at 705-745-5382 ext 2332 to make those arrangements.  
Q: Can I still donate my books to the Friends of the Library while the library is closed? 
A: No, the Friends will not be accepting book donations until the library reopens and the volunteers are able to return. 
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 and someone will get back to you within 72 hours.