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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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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
Michael Weiss, Treasurer
Dana Beezley-Kwasnicka, Secretary
Jim Aldridge
John Hofstetter
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.