Get to Know Your Library

History of the Library
The Peter White Public Library (PWPL) is the largest public library in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Founded by an Act of the Michigan Legislature in 1891, the library has established a reputation for delivering quality service to residents of the Marquette area.

The historic building at the corner of Front and Ridge streets was completed in 1904. The building was designed by Patton and Miller Architects of Chicago. A renovation / expansion project designed by Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects, also of Chicago, was completed in October 2000. This $9.0 million project was funded by a $4.5 million bond issue and a $4.5 million capital campaign. The current 63,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is also home to the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. Marquette area residents are proud of the multi-use facility which has been called the "heart of our community".

In 2007 the PWPL received a Citation of Excellence from State Librarian Nancy Robertson. In 2010 the PWPL was among ten institutions receiveing the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Mission Statement
To make informational, educational, cultural and recreational materials and programs readily available and accessible to all Library users. The staff will provide prompt, accruate information and guidance to our patrons in a welcoming, business-like atmosphere.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday Closed

Contact Information
Peter White Public Library
217 North Front Street
Marquette, Michigan 49855


General Phone: 906.228.9510
Fax: 906.226.1783