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    OPENING SOON:
    AKRON ART LIBRARY

    Celebrate the opening on February 22 at 6:30 pm at Main Library, get the first look at the collection, and be among the first to reserve artwork for checkout!

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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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NEW & NOTABLE

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

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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...

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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

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Sponsorship/Partnership Policy

The Akron-Summit County Public Library welcomes the support of institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups to enhance or improve Library activities, services, events and programs through the establishment of sponsorships or collaborative partnerships. These relationships serve as a means to pool resources and to advance the Library's vision, mission and strategic plan.

The Library will only enter into sponsorships and collaborative partnerships determined to be in the best interest of the Library. Sponsorships and collaborative partnerships will be subject to the approval of the Director or his or her designee.

Agreements between the Library and its sponsors and partners must be beneficial to all parties. In particular, these relationships should further the Library's goals in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Increase library visibility in the community;
  2. Support regular or special library activities, services, events and programs;
  3. Enhance or create ways to respond to identified community needs.

Definitions

Sponsor
A sponsor is an institution, business, nonprofit organization, community group or individual who contributes funds or products or services of a defined value to the Library in support of an activity, service, event or program.

Sponsorship
A sponsorship is a mutually beneficial exchange between the Library and a sponsor, whereby the sponsor contributes funds, products or services of a defined value to the Library and in turn, receives recognition, acknowledgement or other promotional considerations. Sponsors will be provided with a level of recognition commensurate with their contribution. A sponsorship of a substantial value requires a Letter of Agreement between the Library and the sponsor.

Sponsorships do not imply Library endorsement of the sponsor or its products or services. The sponsor is responsible for its own determination of deductibility and gift valuation for tax purposes.

A sponsorship differs from a philanthropic gift or donation in that a philanthropic gift or donation is a contribution of cash and/or products or services without expectation or requirement of a reciprocal benefit.

Collaborative Partner
A collaborative partner is an institution, business, nonprofit organization or community group that collaborates with the Library to provide and/or promote activities, services, events and programs to the public in ways that are mutually beneficial and without the contribution of funds, products or services of a defined value to the library. Collaborative partners will be provided with a level of recognition commensurate with their level of collaboration.

Collaborative Partnership
A collaborative partnership is a relationship between the Library and an institution, business, nonprofit organization or community group that involves working together in an effort to provide and/or promote activities, services, events and programs to the public in ways that are mutually beneficial and without the partner's contribution of money or products or services of a defined value.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library groups work in cooperation with the Library to provide valuable support and assistance throughout the Library. Members of the Friends are volunteers who work to increase awareness of the Library by advocating and supporting the Library's activities, services, events and programs. Because the Library's Friends groups were established solely to support the Library and enjoy a special relationship with the Library, they are not required to endorse a Letter of Agreement with the Library.

Requests Made of the Library

Requests from institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations or community groups seeking a sponsor or partner relationship with the Library for a nonLibraryactivity, service, event or program are subject to the approval of the Director.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on June 26, 2008