A virtual audio tour is now available for the Peter White Public Library. The tour is available on the About Page of the libraries website, or by dowloading the app to a mobile device. The tour can also be started by scanning QR codes on each floor in the building. In the tour, each room or public space in the library is described in detail. The narrator provides in-depth information about the history, art and technology in the rooms.The tour takes includes 23 stops on all three floors of PWPL. Library staff hope to add more information about library collections and other library projects or items in the future.

The Peter White Public Library invites the public to celebrate the completion of the $4.2 million dollar capital improvement project on June 21, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Enjoy library tours, guest speakers, cake, coffee and the music of Kerry Yost and Harry South.
In August 2017, Marquette City residents voted to approve a $4.2 million dollar Capital Improvement Bond at an estimated rate of 0.4796 mill. In April 2018, Youth Services was temporarily relocated to the Westwood Mall in Marquette Township during the six-month long reconstruction of the Lower Level of the Library. Reconstruction saw the expansion of the Youth Services area on the Lower Level, including the addition of a new Tween Area with alluring tree benches, donated in memory of Shirley Taccolini and Carolyn Piirala, are feature pieces that reflect Marquette’s natural beauty. A new Youth Programming room was built, allowing the Community Room to be more widely used. A new centralized service desk was added and the boat desk was upcycled into an interactive play-area.
Across the hall, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center saw the renovation of office space and galleries, and a new sound proofing between the MACC and the Community Room, a request often made by community members.
During the summer and fall of 2018 crews also repaired a large crack on the historic 1904 façade and foundation, as well as repairing the roof, resealing the windows, and installed a new chiller.  The original Front Street stairs were also rebuilt after inspections revealed structure failure.
Carpet was replaced throughout the building in the winter of 2018/2019, along with updated lighting fixtures, wiring, technology upgrades, the construction of three new group study rooms on the Upper Level, the creation of a new Local History Research Room and the relocation of all the collections with the help of shelf-movers.
Retired Librarians started a fundraising campaign to add a new Reference Desk. The group raised over $14,000 toward the desk project.
Other changes include a new Vending/Eating Area on the Main Level, self-check machines, to provide optional self-check for families in Youth Services on the Lower Level and on the Main Level, new soft-seating on every level, complete overhaul of the library elevator, a reception/gathering area on outside the Community Room, Youth Services and MACC, and a new book drop installed inside the parking lot entrance doors.
Questions about the Renovation Celebration can be directed to Andrea Ingmire, Library Director at (906) 226-4303.

Two new exhibits open this week in the Peter White Public Library’s Lower Level Reception Gallery and Huron Mountain Gallery. Both exhibits will run through mid-May. Receptions for both galleries will take place at PWPL on Thursday, April 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
“Superior Inspirations” a fiber exhibit by the Yarnwinders Fiber Guild of Marquette, was inspired by Liz Yelland’s “Wave Mural”, formerly located in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center “Wave Room.”
“Unseen Marquette”, the photo exhibit by Colleen Maki is a collection of photos of Marquette’s “beautiful unseen areas.”

Come check out our new Local History Research Room on the top floor of the library. The research room offers a quiet place to do local history and genealogy research. It features several unique, local, and historical collections including our local history people and subject files, old issues of The Mining Journal, The Wes Perron Collection, Cloverland issues, The Lumberman’s, historical PWPL materials and much more. The space not only offers a nice environment to do research, but offers a more controlled environment for preserving. Being on the north side of the building, these materials are shielded from strong light and we can better control the temperature and humidity.
It will be open regularly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-6 PM. Of course, if you would like to view materials stored in the room, we are happy to pull them from the LHRR anytime that we are open. If you would like to use the room, you will need to fill out the LHRR Form. Book bags and purses must be checked at the door and no pens are allowed, in order to protect the materials. Questions? Let us know at or at 906-226-4309

The new small group study rooms are open and ready to work in on the Upper Level of the Peter White Public Library. These three new, modern, glass rooms hold 1-6 people and are intended for collaborative work, short meetings, quiet study, and research.
Unlike our other six meeting rooms, which can be reserved, these rooms are first come, first served. They will be checked out based on availability. A library card is needed to checkout any of the study rooms and there is a 2-hour time limit per library cardholder per day. (This policy will be reevaluated after we’ve had time to see how often the rooms are used.) Cardholders must be at least 17 years old to checkout a room. Minors may use a study room only if accompanied by an adult age 21 or over. The rooms are available anytime the library is open, but must be vacated fifteen minutes prior to closing.
All library Code of Conduct rules apply to the study rooms. The rooms are not available for fundraising or for-profit services/products unless explicitly allowed by PWPL Administration. The library is not responsible for loss or damage to materials owned by study room users. Personal belongings may not be used to reserve a room. The library does not sponsor or endorse the views of any group or individual using the rooms.
We hope you will enjoy these new spaces! Questions? Let us know at or at 906-226-4309
Small Group Study Room Use Policy

The elevator at the Peter White Public Library will be out of service starting Tuesday, March 25 through mid-week, the first week of April, while parts are replaced and repaired. We apologize for the inconvenience this poses.
In the meantime we have temporarily moved a few  services to help with accessibility. Staff will assist patrons with limited mobility at the temporary materials pickup in the parking lot entrance lobby. We have created a small waiting area and will bring materials to the lobby for checkout.
Due to limited access, stroller parking will not be available in the lobby or lobby entrance doors until elevator repairs are complete. Staff is happy to help those affected by the closure of the elevator. We appreciate your patience.
Please call the library with any concerns. 906-225-9510

The Peter White Public Library is looking for artists to fill the library gallery spaces with artwork in 2020. Exhibits will run for six weeks in the Huron Mountain Club Gallery or the Lower Level Reception Gallery. Interested individuals or groups must have enough artwork to fill the gallery space to be considered.
Online applications must be submitted for committee review by Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Date preferences and gallery requests will be taken into consideration. Submissions must be complete to be considered. Artists are asked to submit three images that represent their work. These images should be submitted by email to Andrea Ingmire, Any questions can also be directed to Andrea via email or phone 906-226-4303.

The Peter White Public Library will co-host to the first ever Winter Roots Festival, a folk-based music event sponsored by the PWPL, the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, Hiawatha Music Co-op, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, the Marquette Area Blues Society, Travel Marquette, the Marquette DDA, Ore Dock, and the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.
This one day event, scheduled for Saturday, February 23 will include workshops, dancing, concerts and an evening concert with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. Buttons for daytime events at the Library, the Marquette Commons and the Ore Dock cost $10 and are available for purchase at PWPL, the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and the Hiawatha Music Co-op.  Buttons can also be purchased at each venue on the day of the event. Tickets must be purchased separately for the evening Marquette Symphony Concert, Under Mountains of Ocean, featuring Youth Concerto Competition winner Evan Zegiel on Tuba and special guests, Westbound Situation, an Ann Arbor-based bluegrass quartet with violin, cello, bass and banjo.  Tickets available at NMU Ticket Outlets, online at and by phone at 906-227-1032.
Click here for a full schedule of events.

Library Sip and Spell

The Bee is back!
Round up your friends for the biggest test of your knowledge, memory and nerves of steel ever held in Marquette, Michigan!
Online registration is open now.
That’s right—a spelling bee! Don’t be scared by big words–we are going to warm our way up to the heavy stuff as the night goes on!
March 1, 2019
Sign in & Pre-game: 5:30 – 6:45 pm
Bee Starts at 7:00 pm Sharp!
Marquette Masonic Center Red Room
Hosted by Bill Digneit
Not just any spelling bee, but one just for adults (21+ only, please)! And not just any spelling bee format, but one where you can purchase “cheats” to help you advance in the competition.
Get a clue, skip words or punish another team—whatever it takes to get to the final round! Cozen, swindle and scam your way to victory!
Your team works together in the preliminary rounds until the field gets narrowed to just six teams. Then, it’s individual spelling time on stage!
Team Entry: $100.00 per team of 4 to benefit the Peter White Public Library.
There is a $5.36 fee for online registration. To avoid the fee, you may also register in person at the Peter White Public Library Circulation Desk or by phone at (906) 226-4305. Thank you!

Call to Artists Online Application

The Peter White Public Library is looking for artists to fill the library gallery spaces with artwork in 2019. Exhibits will run for six weeks in the Huron Mountain Club gallery or the Lower Level Reception gallery. Interested individuals or groups must have enough artwork to fill the gallery space to be considered.
Online applications must be submitted for committee review by Saturday, January 15. Date preferences and gallery requests will be taken into consideration. Submissions must be complete to be considered.