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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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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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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 BoardMembers
Ann Otto, President
Michael Taucher, Vice President
Harriett Calcagno, Treasurer
Susan Sawyer, Secretary
Lynn DeLuca, Past President
Jim Aldridge
Dana Beezley-Kwasnicka
John Hofstetter
Jan Michael
Sue Michael
Chris Tabellion
Jan Weaver
Mario Weiss
Joanna Wilson
Pam Hickson-Stevenson, Deputy 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.