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Get a Library Card

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  • Library card applications require confirmation of residency. Bring a photo ID. We may also accept a utility bill as proof of residency.
  • Children are invited to sign up for their first library card at age 5.
  • Library cards are required at check-out. All cards are individual and non-transferable, and the cardholder must be present to use the card.

  • Patrons may authorize other individuals to pick up books on hold.
  • Students should show their student ID or other verification of enrollment to PES, SMS, Lionheart Academy, or Conval High.


Any Peterborough resident, or non-resident owning taxable real estate in Peterborough, is eligible for a library card free of charge. The following individuals are also eligible for library cards:

  • Students enrolled at any public school located within Peterborough.

  • MacDowell Fellows, while in residence.

  • Visiting artists at Peterborough Players.

  • Any business that owns or rents property in Peterborough may have up to three employee Library cards, with the written permission of the business owner.


Non-residents who are ineligible for a free Peterborough Town Library card may purchase a card.

The fee is set annually by the Board of Library Trustees and is currently $85.00.

The Peterborough Town Library operating budget is funded 100% by the Town of Peterborough. The cost of a non-resident card is established by considering the per-capita cost of library services for Peterborough residents based on the current year's appropriation.

Our study rooms, public spaces, programs, and public computers are all available to the public.