Take the Strategic Plan Survey

The Peter White Public Library is looking for community involvement as it begins the process of updating its strategic plan.  A strategic plan guides the library in the services it offers, helping the library determine what programs, services, and materials will better meet the needs of the public.

For example, when the library updated its strategic plan in 2006, it resulted in an expanded teen services program which included more books, computers just for teens, more programs, dedicated staffing, and the newly decorated Teen Zone, a place for teenagers to hang out and study.

Tell us what you think about library services and weigh in on library priorities in the future.

Survey open until 7/31/2017!

Take the survey.

Capital Improvement Bond: Fact Sheet

Contents:  General Information | How the Bond Helps the Library | Timeline | For Further Information | Full report: Facility Recommendations

General Information:
Library Millage Proposal on the August 8 Ballot

On August 8, 2017 City of Marquette voters will have the opportunity to support the Library Improvement Plan for the Peter White Public Library. This plan will renovate, reorganize, and update the library building while also allowing us to provide additional spaces for our most popular services.

Millage Rates

The current library capital improvement bond will be paid off in July 2017 and has a rate of 0.550 mill. The current bond partially funded the 2000 expansion project.

The bond millage rate for the proposed bond is  estimated at a rate of 0.4796 mill ($0.4796 per $1,000 taxable value). If approved, this 15-year bond would begin in 2018. Total bond proposal $4,205,000.

While not a renewal, the proposed new bond will begin immediately after the current bond pays off; they would not overlap.

Taxpayer Impact

The proposed millage for a homeowner whose house has a market value of $150,000 and a taxable value of $75,000 would be $35.97 a year or $3.00 a month.

How the Bond Helps the Library:
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:

Library Improvement Plan building tours will be held in July and August. If you would like to have a guided tour of the areas of concern and space planning changes, please join us!

  • July 18, 10:00 am, noon
  • August 1, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Additional tours are also available by appointment, please call Dominic Davis to arrange a tour for individuals or groups, 906/226-4300.

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, June 13
  • Tuesday, July 11
  • Tuesday, August 1

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

You can reach the independent group, City of Marquette Supporters of the Peter White Public Library, at  mqtctypwpl@gmail.com.

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





Free Access to the New York Times for PWPL patrons

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

As cardholders of Peter White Public Library, you may access NYTimes.com 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 NYTimes.com/register. 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 NYTimes.com/register. 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 NYTimes.com 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 NYTimes.com.

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

We hope you enjoy your access to NYTimes.com, 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.

Ready for Summer Reading!

Summer Reading 2017 is kicking off this Saturday. We’re “Build(ing) a Better World” with a cardboard maze, a wrecking ball game, a magnetic excavator, an interactive I-Spy and an edible craft.

Join us from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Community Room. All activities are free. Readers can also register for the Summer Reading Program, where they log their reading hours and earn free books.

If you can’t make the party, registration will be available at the Youth Services desk and on online , starting Saturday, June 10 till the last book fair on August 5.

Middle Earth Walking Challenge

Want to get in shape while saving Middle Earth?  The Peter White Public Library is issuing a Middle Earth Walking Challenge as part of its Build a Better World summer reading program. (See poster.)

Starting May 30, patrons can come to the circulation desk at the library and pick up a log in which they can record the number of miles they walk each day.  If using a pedometer, 2000 steps counts as 1 mile.  If biking, 4 miles ridden equals 1 walked.  Along the way as certain milestones are achieved, patrons can earn Peter White bucks good on fines, movies, and copies.  The challenge ends August 31, and logs must be turned in by September 8 to be considered for prizes which will be given to the top 20 walkers.

See if you will be the one to walk from the Shire to Mordor and cast the one ring into Mt. Doom.  There is no fee to participate.  For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 906/226-4318.