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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    LIBRARY SCENE
    RICHFIELD

    In Library Scene, our Richfield library staff talks about the spaces where patrons come to write, read, think and learn.

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    TAKE THE
    LIBRARY WITH YOU

    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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    MEET
    LIBBY

    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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    2017 DAYTON LITERARY
    PEACE PRIZE

    The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. Check out this year's nominees!

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    NOVEMBER IS
    PICTURE BOOK MONTH

    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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    CRAFTING
    FOR THE SEASON

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

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    IT'S GAMETIME
    IN OHIO!

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

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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

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
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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Organization

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is comprised of Main Library in downtown Akron, 17 branch locations in the City of Akron and in Summit County, two bookmobiles, and a van that provides cart-based service to lobbies of residential buildings. Main Library is the home of the administrative offices. The Library provides access to nearly 2 million items in its collection and, through the SearchOhio and OhioLINK consortia, to more than 75 million items in the collections of member public libraries and Ohio's college and university libraries.

Download our Organizational Chart

Library Statistics 2016

Population of Legal Service Area: 377,588
Visitors to library facilities: 2.5 million
Registered borrowers: 282,917
Program attendance: 258,563
Items available (Books, CDs, DVDs): 1.7 million
Library Items Borrowed: 4.9 million

To review all of our current library statistics, download our 2016 Akron-Summit County Public Library Fact Sheet .

Facilities

With the Main Library in downtown Akron, two bookmobiles, a Mobile Service van, and 17 branch locations throughout Summit County the system has 21 physical public service outlets. Main Library is 270,000 square feet and the average branch size is 12,000 square feet. (Old branch library locations averaged 4,000 - 4,500 sq. ft.) Total square feet for Main and Branch Libraries: 442,807.

The Main Library provides numerous community spaces including a 425-seat auditorium, computer training labs, and a bookstore operated by the Friends of Main Library. Branch library meeting rooms are available for non-profit and community groups.

Innovative Programs & Services at a Glance

  • After-School Snacks and Programming: Feeding the body and the mind through nutritious snacks (in collaboration with the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank), homework help, relationship building and informal education activities.
  • NatureConnect: Indoor and outdoor public learning spaces for nature programming, unstructured exploration, and the recharging of mind and body in a fast-paced world through observation, investigation, and play.
  • Geekfest Mini-comicon: Fandom for the whole family! Cosplay contests, arts and crafts and more.
  • Akron Mini-Maker Faire: A family-friendly event to make, create, invent, learn, craft, recycle, think, and play, presented by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Maker Media. Inspiration through arts, crafts, science, technology, engineering, and innovation.
  • Microbusiness Center: Provides business training, educational resources, and individualized direction to entrepreneurs, students, and established business owners. It also offers co-working space to contemplate, cultivate or expand a business or business idea.
  • TechZone@Main: A unique space to make and create with a recording studio, 3D printer, laser engraver, vinyl printer, photo studio, video and audio transfer station, sewing machine, and button make.