All Library locations will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 22 and will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving Day.
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    In Library Scene, our Richfield library staff talks about the spaces where patrons come to write, read, think and learn.

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    The Akron Library mobile app is available for download in your device's app store. Download today and take the Library with you wherever you go.

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    The fastest way to reading happiness.  Libby offers a fresh and easy way to borrow OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks – anywhere, anytime.

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    ASCPL encourages everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books during the month of November. Enjoy this list of titles and authors selected by your librarians.

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    Handmade and from the heart for the special people in your life! Gift workshops @ the Library.

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    Learn more about your favorite teams at a library branch near you.

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Browse bestsellers, movies, music and other titles just added to the library catalog! Formerly known as “Featured Item Lists”.

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Research? We have you covered! Select any of our web-based reference databases for all of your research needs.

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Borrow free TV shows, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and music with your ASCPL library card.

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Library News

Program Cancelled
Article Published: November 07, 2017
The Main Event program scheduled for Thursday, November 9 at Main Library, featuring author Matt Taibbi, has been... Read More...
Akron Mini Maker Faire Returns Saturday, November 11
Article Published: October 03, 2017
The Akron Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, November 11, noon to 4 pm at Main Library.  Read More...
Late Openings for Akron Marathon
Article Published: September 21, 2017
The Akron Marathon will take place on Saturday, September 23 and both Main Library and Highland Square Branch will open at... Read More...


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Locations & Hours

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Main Library

60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326

Monday: 10 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Drive-Up Window closes ten minutes before the building closes for the day

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Medical Reference Policy

Staff members answer reference requests for medical information just as they answer requests for information in other subject areas. They do not, however, offer medical advice or an interpretation of medical information.

Specifically, staff members provide the following medical reference.

  1. Staff members will assist patrons by finding information about a disease or medical condition in books, pamphlets, and journals for the the patrons to read.
  2. Staff members will read a definition of a medical term or, description of a disease or condition from an, available source. The source will be cited and quoted verbatim. When the definition is difficult to understand, staff will define terms used in the definition or description, but will not give an interpretation of the term.
  3. Staff members will read brief information about prescription drugs from the Physicians' Desk Reference and other drug dictionaries when the name of the drug is given. The source will be cited and quoted verbatim with no interpretation. Terms used in the text will be defined by using another available source. Staff will not identify a drug from a physical description.
  4. Staff members will advise patrons to consult a physician or other medical specialist when additional information is needed; however, they will not recommend a specific physician.
  5. Staff members will refer patrons to other health resources in the Akron area and local health associations when these resources seem most appropriate to answer the patron's needs.

Revised and Approved by the Board of Trustees - September 1987