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.
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, non-resident, and basic 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.
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:
Residents of local group homes, shelters, treatment facilities, etc. may register for a Peter White Public Library Basic Access Card. The Basic Access Card allows the resident to use public access computers/Internet at the Library, and to borrow Library materials. Only one item may be checked out to a Basic Access Card at any given time. In order to receive a Basic Access Card, the patron must be 18 years of age.
Local facilities have been contacted, and those in charge of those facilities have been given the choice to opt into the program. Residents of these facilities are welcome to register for a Basic Access Card at the Peter White Public Library.
In order to register, a resident must bring the verification of residence form printed on the facility’s letterhead, and signed by an authorized staff member of the facility to the Library. The resident should also bring a valid piece of identification (school ID card or drivers license) if one is available. Alternatively, facilities may issue informal ID to their guests that may be used as verification of residency. Official ID will not be required if the facility has issued the patron an informal ID. The Basic Access Card will be valid for six months. Replacement of a lost Basic Access Card will be $3.00.
The resident is responsible for following all Peter White
Public Library policies and equipment use rules. The Basic Access Card
is not transferable and cardholders should not loan their card to
others. Failure to comply with these polices and rules may result in
immediate revocation of the Basic Access Card.
The Library of Michigan discontinued funding for the MichiCard program in October 2010, and ended the program completely in 2013. Non-residents are welcome to purchase a Peter White Public Library card at the above stated rates.
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 checked in. 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.
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 patrons to read books that their home library does not own. This service will retrieve requested titles or subjects from other libraries to supplement the home library's collection.