Circulation (Checkout) Policies @ PWPL
Library Card Registration Circulation Information
Lost Card / Card Replacement Loan Periods / Fees / Renewals / Fines
Resident / MichiCard / Non-Resident Card Interlibrary Loan:  ILL / PII / MelCAT
Sign Up for E-Notices Youth Patrons

General Information

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.

If your card is lost or stolen, report it to the Circulation Desk immediately. There will be a $3 charge for replacement of a lost or stolen 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.

Peter White Public Library (PWPL) Library Card

Patron Registration

The Peter White Public Library issues resident and non-resident library cards. All patrons who borrow materials must be registered and show their library card to borrow materials. 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.

Registration Process

  • All applicants must fully complete and sign, in ink, the PWPL registration card. With the exception of an emancipated minor, a parent or legal guardian must sign the PWPL registration form of any applicant under 18 years of age in the presence of a PWPL staff member.
  • A post office box number may be used for mailing purposes, but a legal residence address must also be given on the PWPL registration form.
  • A patron who qualifies for a resident library card due to real or personal property ownership must also present valid legal proof of real or personal property ownership on an annual basis.
  • After an applicant shows ID, it is determined which card he/she qualifies for.

Resident Definition

A resident of the PWPL service area...

  • Can prove legal residency in the City of Marquette or one of the following townships: Chocolay, Ewing, Marquette,  Sands, Skandia, Turin, Wells or West Branch.
  • Is the legal owner of real property in the City of Marquette or one of the service townships.
  • Is currently a legal resident of on-campus housing at Northern Michigan University.

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.)

  • A valid Michigan Driver's License
  • A valid Michigan ID card from the Office of the Secretary of State

OR Any combination of TWO of the following:

  • Senior Citizen card--any picture ID
  • A valid Northern Michigan University ID card

    OR the following with a Marquette or service-area address

  • A checkbook
  • A current utility bill
  • A current lease agreement for residential real property
  • A current bill from a major credit card company
  • A current property deed for real property
  • A current real property tax receipt for real property
  • A rent receipt for residential real property
  • A valid voter registration card for an address
  • A listing in a current telephone or city directory
  • Postmarked mail

Non-Resident Definition

  • A person who does not legally qualify for residency under any of the above definitions shall be considered a non-resident and may apply for an annual library card for a fee.
  • Non-resident library card fees are charged on three-month, six-month, or annual card rates for individuals or families. The cards are good from the date of issue through the period length of purchase.  New non-resident rates take effect September 1, 2012:
    Time period Individual Family
    One Year $115.00 $175.00
    6 Month $60.00 $90.00
    3 Month $30.00 $45.00
  • Non-resident PWPL card fees are non-refundable.  Non-resident PWPL card fees are not tax deductible. PWPL cards are not transferable. An individual non-resident PWPL card can only be used by the patron to whom the card was issued.
  • A family non-resident PWPL card will be issued to all members of the applicant's family, who can prove current residence at the same legal address of the applicant. These family members must be listed at the time of application. Family members cannot be added after the family card has been issued. PWPL cards will be issued to all listed family members, at no additional charge, after completion of a PWPL registration form. Family non-resident PWPL cards can only be used by the patron to whom the card was issued.

Seasonal Cards

The Library no longer has the seasonal card option. Cards are now issued in 3-, 6- or 12-months increments.

MICHICARD

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.

Youth Patrons

Anyone under 18 years of age is considered to be a youth patron.

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.

Circulation Information

Circulation Limits

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:

Art Prints - limit of two (2) at any time

Renewals may be made:

in person at the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor.

online  - Go to www.pwpl.info then select My Library Account (right hand column) and Renew My Materials.  You will need your entire 14-digit barcode and PIN (4-digit number) to login

by telephone at 906-228-9510 only when the Library is open.

Library materials will not be renewed during times when the automated library system is not in operation.

Loan Periods, Fees and Fines plus Renewal lengths

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.

Material Type Loan Period Checkout Fee Renewals Fine / Day
Art Prints 2 Months 0 $1 / Day
Audio Cassettes 3 Weeks 2 $0.25 / Day
Board Books 3 Weeks 2 $0.25 / Day
CD-ROM Discs 7 Days 2 $0.25 / Day
Compact Discs (CD) 3 Weeks 2 $0.25 / Day
Digital Video Disc (DVD)
Feature Film
7 Days $1 / 7 Days 2 $0.25 / Day
Digital Video Disc (DVD)
Other
7 Days 2 $0.25 / Day
Non-Fiction 3 Weeks 1 $0.25 / Day
Paperbacks 3 Weeks 2 $0.25 / Day
Reference Books Do Not Circulate
Videos-Feature Film 7 Days $1 / 7 Days 2 $0.25 / Day
Videos - Other 7 Days 2 $0.25 / Day
Library Services, such as checking out materials and using the computers, will be suspended
if fines exceed the amount of $10.00.

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 Library is committed to provide service and materials that meet patrons' needs.
  • Materials not returned become unavailable for other patrons to borrow.
  • If materials are not returned, money from the library budget is used to replace them, rather than purchasing new items.
  • Failure to return library materials is a misdemeanor.
  • Fortunately, only a very small percentage of library users do not return materials as agreed. This policy will not affect patrons who return materials on time.

InterLibrary Loan (ILL / PII / MeLCAT)

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.