Build a Better World: Support Room at the Inn

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Peter White Public Library invites the public to help build a better world by making a donation to Room at the Inn’s Warming Center.  During the month of August, bring to the circulation desk individually wrapped snack bars, cereal, coffee, city garbage bags, or gift cards to Gordon Food Service.  For each donation, the library will give you a Peter White Library buck that can be used on movies, fines, copies, or other expenses incurred at the Library.

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For more information, call 906/226-4318.

Proposed Floor Plans

If you’ve visited the library recently,  you may have noticed display boards on each floor with proposed floor plans.  If you haven’t had a chance to see them, you can view the plans here:

The proposed plans are based on feedback from our March Space Planning sessions, conducted with the help of Kimberly Bolan and Associates.  (See their Facility Recommendations.)

To better understand why we are looking at space planning at this time, see our Capital Improvement Bond fact sheet to get the complete story.

Free Access to the New York Times for PWPL patrons

Enjoy complimentary access to New York through Peter White Public Library and the Program for Public Libraries.

As cardholders of Peter White Public Library, you may access in one of three ways:

1) When you visit Peter White Public Library, you may sit at any of our public computers, log in using your library card number and pin, open a browser (Firefox, Chrome, or Opera), and go to You can then read as much of the newspaper as you wish within your three hours of daily computer time.

2) If you are at Peter White Public Library you may also use your own device to fully access the NY Times. Again, using a browser (Firefox, Chrome, or Opera), go to The first time you do so you will follow the prompts to create a free account (through either your Facebook account, your Google account, or your email account). After you create an account, you may visit and log in using your account information any time you visit PWPL.

3) When you are not at Peter White Public Library, click here:  NY Times for Libraries (link also available on Library Apps page).  From the NY Times page, click on “redeem,” and follow the prompts to get 72 hours of free access to

Due to copyright issues, NYT articles published between 1923-1980 are not available using this program.

We hope you enjoy your access to, another benefit of being a patron of Peter White Public Library.

Meet Libby, the new Overdrive app

If you enjoy downloading audiobooks and e-books from the Great Lakes Digital Library, you may like to try the new app from Overdrive.  Just like the original app, you can install Libby from Google Play or the Apple App Store for free.

Libby is designed to make borrowing and enjoying eBooks and audiobooks from your public library easier than ever, through:

  • Intuitive navigation
  • A streamlined first-time user experience
  • A simplified borrowing and downloading process
  • One unified bookshelf that automatically displays all of your loans and holds from all of your libraries

You can use Libby in place of, or in addition to, the OverDrive app. Of course, you can also continue to use the OverDrive app exclusively if you’d rather not try Libby at this time.

Library Building Project: Fact Sheet

Contents:   Building Project Components | Timeline | For Further Information | Full report: Facility Recommendations | Proposed Floor Plans| Capital Improvement Bond

 Building Project Components:
Historic Building Restoration

Peter White Public Library is one of Marquette’s most beloved facilities. This building opened in 1904 and has been a cornerstone to the downtown community ever since. Updates and maintenance to this facility are ongoing, necessary and costly including:

  • Façade repair and tuck-pointing of all masonry. This is an issue of immediate need as there is significant damage in the 1904 façade.
  • Reconstruct 1904 foundation system. This is connected to the façade repair, extent of damage to be determined.
  • Roof repairs also connected to façade repairs. Roof replacement will also include areas which are impacted by HVAC and Chiller updates.
  • Resealing of all building windows.
  • Estimate for these repairs: $1,002,000
Improved Energy Efficiency and Building Access

The 2000 addition will be 20 years old soon. Lighting efficiency, heating and cooling equipment, and climate control updates are top priorities. These updates will reduce utility costs and help the library dedicate its resources to the programs and services patrons value most.  Energy efficiency also ensures a more enjoyable environment for our visitors.

  • Repairs to atrium windows needed for reduction in heat gain and weather proofing.
  • Updates to heating and cooling equipment as well as improved climate control measures.
  • Barrier Free Updates including Ridge Street entrance and restrooms.
  • Estimate for these improvements: $800,000
Updated Safety, Technology and Furnishings

The Peter White Public Library sees an average of over 800 patrons a day. This level of public traffic has resulted in the need for updates and repairs to carpet, seating, tables and general building upkeep.

  • Replacing carpet in building: much of existing carpet is buckled and in poor condition.
  • Upgraded wiring and electric/internet access, providing additional charging and internet access points in the library.
  • Repairs to library furniture and technology in meeting rooms and seating areas.
  • Additional lighting on top floor in Reference area.
  • Security camera system upgrade and additional camera locations.
  • Estimate for these updates: $800,000
Space Reorganization and Additional Spaces for Popular Services

Based on feedback from our March Space Planning sessions, our community really appreciates the library’s meeting rooms, youth services, and all programming events. Based on this input, the following priorities will be addressed in this plan:

  • Youth programming room, designed and dedicated to programming for youth, allowing the community room to be more widely used.
  • Sound proofing in the Community Room and the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. This will allow both areas to be used simultaneously.
  • Material checkout options in Youth Services area. Potentially self-service checkout options on all floors.
  • Addition of a fully integrated technology meeting room for video conferencing and other technology programming.
  • Tween Room for youth ages 8-13.
  • Additions and reorganization of the Teen Zone.
  • Designated quiet reading and study spaces.
  • Designated active spaces for collaborative uses.
  • Estimate for these improvements: $800,000.

Architectural fees, contingencies, etc: $598,000

Bond Fees, Legal Fees: $205,000

Total Bond Proposal: $4,205,000

See the full report from our space planning focus group sessions.

See the Building Project Timeline.  (This page will be updated as more information becomes available.)

For more information:
Director Chat

Andrea is available each month for drop-in discussion. These sessions take place on the main floor of the Library, across from the Circulation Desk. Andrea will be  available from 10:00 am – 11:30 am AND 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 3
  • Tuesday, November 7
  • Tuesday, December 5

If you have any questions or concerns about the  Library Improvement Plan, please contact Library Director, Andrea Ingmire at any time.

Andrea Ingmire, Library Director

Thank you for your continued support of the Peter White Public Library!

(Updated 14 August 2017.)





Michigan Activity Pass 2017 Season Begins

Michigan Activity Pass logo featuringa a hot air baloon with the words soar and Explore on it.Offered through MI Big Green Gym, a collaboration between Blue Cross, mParks and the DNR, the Michigan Activity Pass encourages Michigan residents to lead healthier lifestyles through the use of state parks and recreational areas. Beginning May 24, 2017 through May 23, 2018, cardholders of participating libraries,  can print a free one-day pass, either at home or at their local library, which can be used at 435 participating destinations across the state including any of Michigan’s 102 state parks or 138 state forest campgrounds. The program also offers free or discounted admission to 195 historical and cultural destinations in Michigan. This year, nine new destinations have been added to the program’s already inclusive list of parks and institutions across the state.

All Peter White Public Library card-holders are eligible for one pass every week.  From the Michigan Activity Pass website they can search attractions near  home (19 destinations within 50 miles of PWPL) or near any Michigan vacation destination.   Select a destination, enter your information, and print your pass.  (Printing services are available here at the library.)