All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 28, Memorial Day.
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    MIND, BODY & SOLE:
    LIBRARIES ROCK!

    Our Mind, Body & Sole summer reading program begins June 4 – July 28, 2018. Register and enjoy making reading and exercise a part of your day!

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    GEEKS
    ASSEMBLE!

    Join us on Saturday, June 2 from 12-4:30 pm at Main Library. Cosplay Contests, Featured Speakers, Arts, Crafts, Gaming, and much more!!

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    STREAMING MEDIA
    SPOTLIGHT

    Acorn TV streams world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond and it's now available through the library.

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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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    BORROW, BAKE, ENJOY-
    CAKE PANS FOR LOAN

    This library collection contains over 50 cake pans that you can check out for two weeks with your library card.

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    VOICES FROM THE
    RUST BELT

    Join us for readings by Belt Magazine founder Anne Trubek and writer Jason Segedy.

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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

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Main Library’s new Tween Space is now open! 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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Friends of Main Library

Library Shop at Main shop photoThe Friends of Main Library (FOML) supports the goals of the Akron-Summit County Public Library with programming and resources. The Friends operates the Library Shop at Main, helps underwrite the Library operating levy campaign, and supports other Library initiatives.

FOML members receive:

  • A copy of the Library's newsletter, ShelfLife.
  • A copy of the Library Shop at Main E-News, if an email address has been provided.
  • A 15% discount on all regularly-priced purchases at the Library Shop at Main.

Annual membership gift:

  • Student and Senior Friend $5
  • Friend $10
  • Family Friend $20
  • Best Friend $50
  • Corporate Friend $200

Download our FOML Membership application or stop by the Library Shop at Main where they are available.

Meeting Schedule:

All Friends of Main Library members may attend the board meetings. Meetings are currently held monthly on the 2nd Monday at 6 p.m. in a meeting room at Main Library. For additional information call 330-643-6081.

 

History of Friends of Main Library

The Friends of the Libraries of Akron and Summit County was founded in 1953. In 1964, the group renamed itself Friends of the Library; in 1974, the name was changed to the Friends of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. This Friends group represented the branches as well as Main Library.

Beginning in 1982, individual branches established their own Friends groups, and the Main Library group became Main Library Friends; and later, the Friends of Main Library.

The Friends of the Library held its first used, discarded, and donated, book sale in 1972 at Summit Mall. Over the years, the Friends giant book sale was held at various malls.

In 1988, the Friends funded a project to encourage children to write poetry.

In 2000, the Friends of Main worked as advocates of the library to the inner city, as fund raisers to support library projects and programs, as promoters of the library to the downtown business community and the public at-large, and as promoters of the levy campaign.

In 2005, the Friends of Main Library opened its "Library Shop at Main", a used book and gift shop in the newly remodeled Main Library. In 2016 it moved to the second floor of the building. The Library Shop at Main offers visitors to downtown Akron an affordable bookstore that is open seven days a week.

In 2008, the Friends of Main Library sponsored, in conjunction with The Tuesday Musical Association, the dedication reception of the new Steinway Grand Piano.

In 2017, the Friends of Main Library and its Shop at Main continued to support the Akron Summit County Public Library Main Event Speaker Series by participating in two nationally-known author presentations which drew over four hundred patrons each night in a single one-week period.

The Friends of Main Library funds go to support many library programs and related projects such as:

  • Main Library Summer Reading Program
  • Books for Babies
  • Main Event Speaker Series
  • Steinway Grand Piano

FOML Awards & Honors

  • Friends of Libraries USA- in the category of Most Literary Appeal -1989
  • Ohio Library Council -Ohio Friends of the Library Recognition Award- 2000
  • Project:LEARN of Summit County- Civic Literacy Leadership Award- 2003

 

FOML Board of Directors

LSAM BoardMembersAnn Otto, President
Michael Taucher, Vice President
Mario Weiss, Treasurer
Dana Beezley-Kwasnicka, Secretary
Jim Aldridge
Nancy Baxter
Alison Caplan
Ana Haas
John Hofstetter
Harry Shapiro
Chris Tabellion
Jan Weaver
Pam Hickson-Stevenson, Director, Ex-Officio member
Patty Marsh, Downtown Services Manager, Ex-Officio member

Interested in becoming a board member? The only requirements are to be a current Friends of the Main Library member, and a desire to serve. Volunteer forms for the board, the Library Shop at Main and assisting in sorting donated materials are available in the Library Shop at Main.