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Closure FAQs

Re-open Plan

When will the library fully open?

PWPL has rolled back to Curbside and Digital Resources for the immediate future. Curbside hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees has adopted a re-open plan in a six-stage approach. See the graphic below.



Will curbside pickup still be an option?

Yes! You can schedule curbside pickups here.

Where can I return library materials?

Return materials to the PWPL parking lot book drop or the one located just inside the entryway on the right side. Other drop boxes available to deposit materials include Sands Park, the Westwood Mall (Near main entrance), Chocolay Township Hall, and outside the Skandia Township Hall.

The circulation drop boxes will not be available as all materials need to be quarantined before their return.


Borrowing During Express Walk-In

Can I browse for books now?

Yes! Come in anytime during our express walk-in hours, M-W, 3 pm-6 pm and Th-Sat, 10 am-1 pm, to browse for books. We prefer visits stay under an hour.

How do I return materials?

Please only return materials in the following exterior drop boxes. The drop slots at the circulation desk will no longer be accepting returns.

  • PWPL parking lot
  • PWPL Foyer, right side upon entry
  • Sands at the Sands Park
  • Marquette at the Westwood Mall in front of the former Younkers store
  • Chocolay at the Chocolay Township Hall outside the main door.
  • Skandia outside the Township Hall


Is the library charging fines?

No. The library will be waiving all fines generated during this time. 


What happens if an item was already overdue at the time of the freeze? Is it still accruing fines?

We are waiving currently waiving fees.  No accounts will be referred to collections during this time.

What about physical holds?

You can now pick up holds during our express walk-in hours or schedule a curbside pick up after you are notified that your materials are in.

Please call 906-228-9510 if you want help canceling holds.

Have any digital checkout limits been increased?

Yes. You can now check out 6 books from Libby by Overdrive, and place up to 4 books on hold. 

Has PWPL invested more money in eBooks and audiobooks?

YES! PWPL has added an additional $3,000 in content to Overdrive. Many other UP libraries have added additional content as well.

Can I still drop off old batteries?

Yes, you can drop off batteries to be recycled inside the parking lot doors.

Library Accounts During Phase 4

Can I get a library card?

Yes. Come to the library during our express walk-in hours to get a PWPL card. Bring your identification. You'll need proof of residency if your address differs from your ID, like a piece of mail. You can also register for digital access by clicking here.

I live outside the PWPL service area. Can I get a Library Card?

Library cards for non-residents are available for the following costs:

3 months for $30

6 months for $60

12 months for $115

Come to the circulation desk during express walk-in hours with your photo identification. If your ID address differs from your current address, bring proof of residency, like a piece of mail.

My account is blocked due to fines. Is the library unblocking accounts for online use during the closure?

Yes. The Peter White Public Library is temporarily unblocking cards through the closure period. We are doing this as patrons individually request it. Requests can be made by calling the Reference Desk at (906)226-4311 or email

Can I get a library card that doesn’t need to be activated in person?

Yes. You can register for a library card by clicking here.


Can I use the computers? How do I makes prints and copies?

Computers are available for one-hour time slots on the second floor during PWPL's express walk-in hours. You can also get faxes, scanning, and printing done during this time period.

Monday – Wednesday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Is proctoring available?

Yes. Call 906-226-4311 to make an appointment to have an exam proctored by one of our reference librarians. Learn more here

Can I get a passport?

Yes. Call 906-226-4311 to make an appointment to get a passport.

I'm an NMU student who accidentally took my PWPL material home with me during quarantine. What can I do?

If you accidentally brought PWPL materials home with you, simply place them in
your local library's return box, and they will come back to us.


PWPL offers curbside pickup, Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm and Fri-Sat 10am-5pm. For more information, click here.
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