Ask the Reference Staff

Located on the upper level of the Peter White Public Library, reference staff can assist with navigating our collections, databases, and other resources to find what you’re looking for and answer your questions. Reference staff also provide passports, proctoring, and research services. For more information, call 906-226-4311 or 906-226-4312,  or email


To see all the PWPL digital content that can be accessed on-site or from home, please visit our eLibrary page.


Ancestry Library Edition:   **Ancestry is available from home until June 30, 2021Available from Ancestry are approximately 4,000 databases, including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census Images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives, and a strong Civil War collection.
Consumer Reports: Print and digital content available on-site. Some Consumer Reports content can also be found on
Newspapers: Titles available on-site include The Detroit Free Press, The Mining Journal, The Escanaba Daily Press, The Iron Mountain Daily News, and The Houghton Mining Gazette.
Michigan Legal Help Center:  The Michigan Legal Help website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits to help you prepare to represent yourself in court and file online.
*Library staff cannot give legal advice


  • Digital Public Library of America: Find over 40,000,000 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States.
  • Google News Archive: Free access to scanned archives of newspapers and links to other newspaper archives on the web.
  • Library of Congress Chronicling America: Search American newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find info about newspapers published between 1690-present.
  • Cloverland Magazine: The Cloverland was created to lure people to move to the Upper Peninsula. It was also used to promote tourism in the area. It later became an agricultural magazine. Search digitized versions of the magazine from 1916-1920.
  • HathiTrust Digital Library: Digitized content from around the world from academic and research libraries.