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    FEATURING
    ART ON LOAN

    ASCPL and the Akron Art Museum have collaborated in a new program which lends works of art to Summit County residents with a library card.

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    AFRICAN-AMERICAN
    HISTORY & CULTURE

    A time to learn and to celebrate at a program near you!

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    2018 ALA
    YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS

    The American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards have just been announced. Check out our collection of these award winning titles.

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    RECE LAB
    FOR TEACHERS

    Resources for Early Childhood Educators provides a Lab housed at Main Library and collections of teacher resources housed at all 17 branches and Main Library for teachers to borrow.

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    SHOWCASE APPLICATIONS
    NOW AVAILABLE

    To be considered for our upcoming Youth Arts Showcase on Saturday, April 28, 2018, applications must be received no later than 5 pm on March 10.

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    GET YOUR
    PASSPORT HERE

    We make it easier to plan your next trip! Passport Services (including passport photos) are available through the Library. Learn more about this convenient service.

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    GET STARTED PLANNING
    YOUR NEXT TRIP!

    With so much information available, planning your next adventure can be difficult. Check out this list of Library books to help make your decision today.

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    10 YEARS OF
    SUMMIT MEMORY

    Launched in November 2007, Summit Memory is celebrating 10 years of sharing Summit County history through promoting local history collections, digitally.

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    WELCOMING
    POLLINATORS

    Get the latest buzz on pollinators at these upcoming Library programs.

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    GET
    MOVING

    Classes in yoga, Tai Chi or belly dance at a library branch near you! (even one for children!)

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NEW & NOTABLE

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

New & Notable

DATABASES

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

Databases by Subject or Databases A-Z

DIGITAL MEDIA

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

Digital Media

Library News

IMAGE New Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library Will Open February 19; Community Invited To Preview
Article Published: February 05, 2018
The new Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library will officially open to the public Monday, February 19, at noon in the... Read More...
IMAGE 10 Years of Summit Memory
Article Published: January 23, 2018
Summit Memory has officially marked 10 years of sharing Summit County’s history, digitally. Since the beginning, Summit... Read More...
IMAGE 11th Annual Family Reading Festival
Article Published: January 12, 2018
Enjoy live music featuring Jim Gill; an amazing animal show with Outback Ray, the fascinating creations of the Bubble Lady,... Read More...

OnlineChat

Download the
Akron Library mobile app and take it with you wherever you go.

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Locations & Hours


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Main Library

60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326
330.643.9000

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

Visit the Main Library Page

Public Records Policy

It is the policy of the Akron-Summit County Public Library to adhere to the state's Public Records Act. Public records are to be open to the public at all reasonable times with exceptions only as provided for in the law. Any denial of public records in response to a valid request must be accompanied by an explanation, including legal authority, as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.

Public Records

In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code and applicable judicial decisions, records are defined as any item that (i) contains information stored on a fixed medium (such as paper, electronic – including but not limited to email – and other formats); (ii) is created or received by, or sent under the jurisdiction of a public office and (iii) documents the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations or other activities of the office. Public records are to be open to the public at all reasonable times with exceptions only as provided for in the law.

As required by Ohio law, records will be organized and maintained so that they are available for inspection and copying at all reasonable times during regular business hours. Copies will be made available within a reasonable period of time.

Records retention schedules will be updated as needed and will be available to the public upon request.

A poster describing the public records policy will be displayed at Main Library and each branch location.

Record Requests

Each request for public records should be evaluated for a response using the following guidelines.

Although no specific language is required to make a request, the requester must at least identify the records requested with sufficient clarity to allow the Library to identify, retrieve, and review the records. If it is not clear what records are being sought, the requester will be allowed to revise the request to clarify it. The Library will inform the requester of the manner in which records are maintained and accessed in the ordinary course of the Library's functions in order to assist the requester in clarifying the request.

The requester does not have to put a records request in writing, and does not have to provide his or her identity or the intended use of the requested public record.

Public records responsive to the request will be made available for inspection during regular business hours, with the exception of published holidays. Public records will be available for inspection promptly. Copies of public records will be made available within a reasonable period of time. "Prompt" and "reasonable" take into account the volume of records requested; the proximity of the location where the records are stored; and the necessity for any legal review of the records requested.

Each request will be evaluated for an estimated length of time required to gather the records. Any denial of public records requested will include an explanation, including legal authority. If portions of a record are public and portions are exempt, the exempt portions will be redacted and the rest released. The redaction should be plainly visible.

Costs for Public Records

Those seeking public records will be charged only the actual cost of making copies.

Upon request, the Library will transmit a copy of a public record to any person by United States mail or by any other means of delivery or transmission within a reasonable time after receiving the request for the copy.

The Library may require the requester to pay in advance for the cost of postage or other means of delivery and the costs incurred for supplies used in the mailing, delivery, or transmission. The Library may require a requester to pay in advance for the cost of providing a copy of the requested public record in accordance with the requester's choice of the medium in which the copy is duplicated.

Email

Email is to be treated in the same fashion as records in other formats and should follow the same retention schedules.

Custodian of Records

The Akron-Summit County Public Library designates the Director of the Library or his or her designee to be the custodian of the records.