Check here for information relating to how the Peter White Public Library is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The library will remain closed until April 30, 2020, by order of the Governor.


PWPL Director Andrea Ingmire Discusses How State Ordered Closure Impacts Library

What does the new Stay Home Stay Safe order mean for the library? PWPL Director Andrea Ingmire answers questions about the April 30 statewide extension, what staff are working on from home and due date extensions.

For video interview click here.

PWPL Building Closure Extended to April 30

Posted Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6:45 pm

Due to the extension of the “Stay Home Stay Safe” order in Michigan, the Peter White Public Library building will remain closed to the public until April 30, 2020. This extends the closure past the April 13th reopen date. The due dates of all library materials have been extended until April 30.

To help provide an outlet during this time of social distancing, money has been set aside to purchase more e-books in the next three months, for the online collection. It’s now also possible to register for a library online, making it easy to access all the materials from home during the “Stay Home Stay Safe” order.

Staff are working on planning and creating more virtual programs to provide cultural opportunities for the community. The library has been providing storytimes and programs for families on their Youth Services Facebook page for the past several weeks, as well as a weekly meditation class via zoom.

Online based subscription services, such as access to the New York Times, Libby by Overdrive, Kanopy movie streaming service, Mango Languages, genealogy databases, eLife archive, and more are excellent resources available to card holders at PWPL. All electronic resources can be found on the PWPL website, and on Facebook and Instagram.

Library Director Andrea Ingmire says she’s had several questions about the library providing curbside pickup during this time. Under the state order, libraries are not permitted to offer that service at this time.
“We know this is a very difficult time, and we look forward to providing in-person services again”, Ingmire said.
“We thank you all for your continued support. We miss you all.”

PWPL drop boxes in Skandia, Chocolay, Marquette and Sands Township, as well as in front of the library are closed during the library building closure.

While working from home, library staff are answering questions via email, phone and social media. For ways on how to contact the library, go to their website, If you have questions about the library, please email or call (906-226-4303).

COVID-19 Resources

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Special Board Meeting

The Peter White Public Library will hold a special VIRTUAL Board of Trustees meeting at 6:00 pm, Friday, March 27, 2020. This meeting will be broadcast via Zoom.

Topic: PWPL Board of Trustees
Time: Mar 27, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting ID: 931 500 063
Password: 579691

Peter White Public Library Book Drops Closed

Posted Monday, March 23, 2020

The Peter White Public Library Book drop outside the library in Downtown Marquette, at the Westwood Mall in Marquette Township, the Chocolay Township Hall in Harvey, the Sands Township Hall in Sands Township, and at the Skandia Township Hall in Skandia are closed for three weeks, effective immediately. Please do not attempt to return materials to these locations, as staff will not be checking them due to the Governor’s Shelter in Place order effective through April 13, 2020. Library fines will not accrue during this time period.  Library staff are asking all patrons to please hold on to their library materials until the building can reopen.

Peter White Public Library Closed Until April 13, 2020

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020 
3:00 pm 
Statement from PWPL Director, Andrea Ingmire

“As a public building with a daily door count average of 650 people, the Peter White Public Library has made the decision to close from Friday March 13 at 10:00 am until April 6, 2020, to maintain social distancing practices.This preventative measure will help protect our vulnerable population of the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. It was not an easy decision to reach. We know we offer resources and cultural activities that many people depend on in the community across all ages, genders, and races. 

As an institution, the community library has been a place to find and disseminate information. We will continue to offer that service online and over the phone for the next several weeks. 

We have a multitude of online resources for both work and recreation. These resources include: e-books, downloadable audiobooks, databases in a range of fields, online kids educational resources, including animated books and streaming movies and so much more. 

We’ve been getting a lot of calls today about the status of library materials checked out on patron cards. The library is taking several steps to ensure that you will not accumulate fines during the period of the closure. 

Next week we will start to provide online programming. This will include Facebook Live Storytime with Miss Sarah at 10:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will also read the Wizard of Oz at 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday on the Peter White Public Library Youth Services Facebook page. We are working hard to plan other ways to meet your needs. Visit our website, for the most up-to-date information. And join our Library Insider newsletter to get updates delivered to your email. 

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. ” – Andrea Ingmire, PWPL Library Director

Posted Friday March 13, 2020 9:00 am 

Peter White Public Library Suspends Operations to Public Due to COVID-19

The Peter White Public Library is suspending all operations to the public, starting Friday March 13, 2020, until such a time can be determined to safely reopen. In light of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order to suspend K-12 public education for three weeks, the library will follow suit and reassess that time frame as more information becomes available. 

All of our online resources will remain available through this time period and books can still be returned to the library, and all three of our library drop-box locations. 

Posted Thursday March 12, 2020

Library Programs Suspended

In an effort to maintain public health, the Peter White Public Library is enacting social distancing procedures, which includes suspending all library programs and meeting room reservations from now through April 6, 2020. This includes all events and room reservations in the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center on the Lower Level of the Library. Library staff are responding to the situation as it arises and changes. Please go to our website, for up to date information. If you are feeling ill in any way, please do not come into the library. PWPL has several online library services and materials available for those wishing to stay home. Those services include RB Digital (online magazines), Kanopy (online movie streaming), MeL Databases, and Libby (e-books and downloadable books and audiobooks). You can see the whole list on our website,, where you can check back for updates on library procedures as they unfold. 

Thank you for understanding as we implement preventative measures to keep our community safe and well.

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