The Peter White Public Library serves residents of the city of Marquette, and the following townships: Chocolay, Ewing, Marquette, Sands, Skandia, Turin, Wells and West Branch. Any resident may apply for a library card by showing proof of legal residency, such as a driver's license. PWPL also issues non-resident library cards to those outside the service area for a fee. All patrons who borrow materials must show their own PWPL card to borrow materials.
A PWPL card can only be used by the patron to whom the card is issued. PWPL cards are not transferable. Library materials will not be charged to any patron who does not show his/her card at the time of check out.
PWPL patrons can borrow whatever amount of materials he/she wants to be responsible for except in one instance. A patron can have only two (2) art prints checked out at a time.
A PWPL patron is responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her card and agrees to abide by the PWPL lending rules, policies and regulations.
The PWPL staff reserves the right to require any patron to verify his/her identity upon request of the PWPL staff or Library Director.
The Peter White Public Library issues resident and non-resident library cards as well as MichiCards. All patrons who borrow materials must be registered and show their library card to borrow materials. The library also issues a MichiCard sticker to its patrons who want to participate in the state-wide loaning program provided for by the State Library of Michigan.
A PWPL card can only be used by the patron to whom the card was issued. PWPL cards are not transferable.
Library materials will not be charged to any patron who does not show his/her PWPL card at the time of check out. A PWPL patron is responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her card and agrees to abide by the library lending rules, policies and regulations.
If your card is lost or stolen, report it to the circulation desk immediately. PWPL is not responsible for fraudulent use of a PWPL card, if the card is not reported as lost or stolen to the PWPL staff. All patrons will be a charged $3 for replacement of a lost, stolen or damaged library card. The PWPL staff reserves the right to require any patron to verify his/her identity upon request of the PWPL staff or Library Director.
A resident of the PWPL service area...
All applicants for a resident card must present legal proof of identification and proof of current address. Examples of current proof of identification and current address include:
One of the following:
(All must list the legal name and current residency within PWPL's legal service area.)
OR Any combination of TWO of the following:
The Library no longer has the seasonal card option. Cards are now issued in 3-, 6- or 12-months increments.
The Library of Michigan discontinued funding for the MichiCard program in October 2010. The Peter White Public Library no longer participates in the program as of January 2011. Non-residents are welcome to purchase a Peter White Public Library card at the above stated rates.Purchase of an annual card allows the borrower to check out any type of item, including movies on VHS and DVD, audio books, CDs and magazines. It also grants access to PWPL public access computers and the Internet.
All youth PWPL card registrations must be fully completed in ink. In addition to completion of all requested information, the card must also be signed by one legal parent or one legal guardian who has shown proof of legal address. The parent or legal guardian must sign the registration form in the presence of at least one PWPL staff member. If the signing parent has a library card at the PWPL, that account must not be blocked for fines, fees, or replacement costs.
The legal parent or legal guardian who signed the child's registration card assumes financial responsibility for all library materials charged to the child's PWPL card. This responsibility includes all overdue fines, library fees, damage fees or replacement costs for any overdue, lost or damaged items. The adult signing the registration form also assumes responsibility for PWPL materials charged to a child's card from the time the items are charged until they are discharged from the library card. Even if the non-signing parent is legally responsible for the child (has custody or claims the child as a dependent), he/she is not responsible for the debts on the child's library card.
Only the legal parent or legal guardian, who signed the PWPL registration card for a minor, may revoke the library card. If the card is revoked by the parent who signed the PWPL registration card, the library card itself should be confiscated and given to the Circulation Services Librarian.
Each patron may only have one library card.
The Peter White Public Library will abide by the "Michigan Library Privacy Act." This act forbids a staff member from providing anyone but the cardholder with records that identify library usage. PWPL staff members cannot inform a parent about a child's library materials unless the child is present and requests the information.
The PWPL does not restrict access to materials and equipment to patrons of any age. The PWPL Board of Trustees and staff feel it is important for parents and legal guardians to monitor the library usage of their children. The PWPL Board of Trustees and staff will not assume the responsibility of determining what materials are appropriate for children, nor will they place any restrictions on materials access upon a child's library card.
The PWPL Board of Trustees and staff reserve the right to limit circulation of all materials at their discretion. Limits are predetermined for the following item:
Renewals may be made:
Library materials will not be renewed during times when the automated library system is not in operation.
The chart below shows fines for every material type that is checked out from the Library. This charge is per item, per day. An example of what an overdue fine on 3 books that are 4 days late: (book fine of $.25) x (3 books) x (4 days) = $3.00 due.
Unpaid Fines and Non-returned Materials
The Peter White Public Library has contracted with a collection agency to assist in recovering non-returned library materials and unpaid fines. All unresolved accounts over $25.00 will be turned over to Unique Management Services, Inc. and an additional charge of $10.00 will be added to the balance.
Why is this necessary?
The InterLibrary Loan program allows PWPL patrons (and those of other libraries) to read books that the home library does not have. This service will retrieve requested titles or subjects from other libraries to supplement the home library's collection. It is a generally a free service operated through the State Library of Michigan. Patron Initiated Interloans (PII's) are interlibrary loan items that are requested from libraries located at other northern Michigan libraries. MeLCAT is the inter-loan program that finds books from other libraries anywhere within the state of Michigan.