Curbside Pickup starts on Monday June 15 at the Peter White Public Library. Here’s how it works.

1. Place a hold on your library account. (That can start now)
2. Wait for a confirmation message from PWPL.
3. Once the hold is confirmed by the library, click on the Curbside button on the Homepage.
4. Use the form to request a pick up time.
5. Park in a curbside designated spot at the library, then call the staff and let them know you’ve arrived. We’ll load your items into your backseat or trunk.

Need help? Call us at (906) 228-9510

Need books for your children but don’t have time to place a bunch of holds? Let PWPL Youth Services staff can help assemble a book stash for the family! We’re offering family packs of 20 books to be picked up curbside. The form, available by clicking on the link below, is available on the PWPL catalog page. The short form includes questions about reading preferences and book types to help YS staff collect family packs. Questions? Email Youth Services Librarian, Sarah Rehborg at Start your request now.


Family Pack Request Form (on catalog page)

If you’ve recently returned items, you may notice that it is taking a bit longer to remove the returned materials from your account. Not to worry! The library is not charging any late fees at this time.

So why is it taking so long? We have implemented a system designed to make safety (and not speed) our top priority. Here’s a breakdown of the process.

1. Library materials are placed in the book returns. (Art Prints should be returned via curbside pickup. Please just pull into a curbside spot and call us; we will meet you outside.)

2. Wearing personal protective gear, staff open the dropbox and bring returned materials into the Huron Mountain Gallery.

3. To ensure the safety of our staff, all returned materials are subject to a three-day quarantine period. This practice was developed following IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) research, which showed that the virus was not detectable on common library materials after three days.

4. At the end of the quarantine period, staff check-in the returns, which removes them from patron accounts.

5. Library materials are then re-shelved to be used again.

In the past, items were taken off patron accounts within an hour or less of return. Now, safety measures take priority. We are so grateful to our patrons for being patient with us as we implement new processes. Library materials will not be subject to fines until we reach Phase 6 of our re-opening plan.

We’re here. To listen. To provide access to information, materials and conversations, as your community library.

Libraries provide access for all. Access to information, ideas and community.
The Peter White Public Library is committed to protecting that access and promoting all ideas.

Our collections contain diverse materials and we’re collecting them to share with you.
Librarians at the PWPL are curating lists of library materials to support our community. These resources can help as we all engage in thoughtful conversations about issues related to inequalities that disproportionately and negatively impact people of color.

We will note if materials are available in print via PWPL (for when we start curbside) or through digital resources including Libby/OverDrive, MeL and Kanopy.

Find the lists here.

About Racism: Reading for Youth

About Racism: Reading for Adults

The Marquette County Memory Box is a joint project between the Peter White Public Library, City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, the Marquette Poetry Circle and many local writing and artist collectives. Submissions can include a variety of art forms such as: written work, spoken word, visual art, and performance art. Weekly prompts will be presented by the Marquette County Memory Box project to help you to reflect on what you have been doing, how you feel, the stories of your days, who or what you miss, and what you have discovered. Local artists and authors will select the pieces to be shared with the Marquette Community.
Residents of Marquette County of all ages are welcome to participate.

Click here to learn more.

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Currently, the Peter White Public Library is in Phase 2 of reopening. Know we’ve been doing much behind the scenes to prepare both patrons and staff for every phase of the process.


To that end, Phase 3 will begin next week.

We will begin by opening the book drop for the materials you’ve been so patiently holding, then starting our curbside option for checking out materials. The book drop will be open and ready for materials starting Monday, June 8th. The following Monday, June 15th, will be the day curbside service will start.

If you have materials on hold, check out your account to determine whether you’re still interested in the materials you have put on hold. If so, you don’t have to do any actions. However, since there are now hundreds of materials waiting to be pulled and picked up, if you no longer need or want those materials, please sign into your to cancel the materials. Call 906-228-9510 if you need further help canceling your holds.

As of today, we are busy working out our new processes and doing dry runs to ensure we get items to our patrons as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, we don’t have many more details about these processes, but, when we do, we will be sure to make announcements.

The Peter White Public Library plans to offer Curbside pickup of library materials, starting as soon as the Governor’s Orders allow, as part of our re-open plan. The re-open plan outlines six stages of reengagement with the community. The plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees at the May 19, 2020 Board Meeting. The library will enter into Stage 1 of the plan Tuesday, May 26, 2020. PWPL Director Andrea Ingmire anticipates they will roll into Stage 2 a week later on June 1st, followed by Stage 3, which kicks off Curbside Pickup of library materials, when the Governor’s Executive Order allows for curbside pickup at Michigan libraries. The reopen plan only applies if permitted by law or executive order.

“The Peter White Public Library staff is excited to get on the road to re-opening, said Ingmire. “The library is taking many steps to keep staff and patrons safe during these uncertain times, and we are confident that we can offer onsite curbside services in a safe and efficient manner.”

The following offers brief descriptions of what is offered in each stage of the plan. The complete plan is available at the bottom of this page.

The first two stages of the plan cover staff and building considerations, such as training on social distancing and establishing procedures for quarantining and sanitizing materials. Staff will also use these first two stages to rearrange furniture, computers and workspaces.

Curbside pickup will begin in Stage 3 of the plan. Once the curbside process is tested and running, staff will begin to accept the return of materials, which will all be quarantined for 72 hours before they’re available for reuse.

The library will reopen the doors to the public in Stage 4 with reduced hours. A limited number of patrons will be allowed in the building at any given time. Computer use will be offered on a limited basis, as well as access to areas of the building. Some areas will be in use for quarantine of returned materials.

This is the stage where in-person library programs will restart, with limits on the number of participants. The library will operate with reduced hours.

In this stage the library will fully reopen all parts of the buildings, and resume all services and programs without restrictions. Groups will also be able to reserve meetings rooms again.

PWPL Re-Open Plan

2020 Pandemic Re-Open Policy

Northern Michigan University, the Peter White Public Library, Marquette Arts & Culture Center, and the Marquette Regional History Center are working together to document personal experiences during the COVID-19 crisis. How has COVID-19 affected your daily life? Please share your stories, artwork, and music with us so that we can preserve these for future generations.

More information will be coming soon on how to submit materials, as well as a submission agreement, but in the meantime, below are the types of materials and topics we are looking to collect. We will be collecting physical materials when it is safe to do so.


  • Diary (summary of daily activities) or journal (reflection on events)

  • Voice or video recordings

  • Oral histories

  • Social media posts

  • Photos

  • Poetry or short stories

  • Digital art or photos of physical art

  • Crafts or photos of crafts

  • Scrapbooks

  • Music

  • Medical equipment (once no longer needed)

  • Ephemera from cancelled events (graduation gown, sports uniforms, costumes from cancelled plays, etc.)

  • Communication equipment (webcams, cell phones, etc.)

  • Window displays or photos of window displays (hearts seen around town)

  • Furniture/equipment (home office, recreational equipment, etc.)


  • The shift to distance learning

  • Displacement from campus

  • Working from home remotely

  • Passing the time

  • Staying in touch with friends and family

  • Local group activities

  • Front-line worker stories (grocery, banker, law enforcement, and healthcare workers)

  • PPE creation by local institutions and people

  • Social distancing

  • Self-quarantine

  • Changes in leisure activities, celebrations, religious events

What’s next? What now? Who with? We at the Peter White Public Library believe library services and connections – to each other, culture and information – are more important than ever.

“Today and everyday, our nation’s libraries are on the front lines, playing an invaluable role in keeping communities connected.” The State of American’s Libraries 2020,

We want to connect you with information on issues and ideas in the Marquette area, through an online interview series called “Community Conversations.” Information on the city response to COVID-19, telehealth, the local economy and education are just a few conversations we’re planning these next few weeks. Have a topic you’d like covered? Email

Click on the link below for this week’s community conversations.

PWPL Presents Community Conversations

Staff at the Peter White Public Library are happy to assist you with questions regarding your account, online services and electronic material checkout. Please call us during daytime hours at (906) 226-4303 or email us your request at
PWPL is in Stage 4 of its Reopen Plan. Call 906-226-4311 for computer and service appointments. For a list of FAQs about the closure, click here.
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