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

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Research? We have you covered! Select any of our web-based reference databases for all of your research needs.

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Borrow free TV shows, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and music with your ASCPL library card.

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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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Locations & Hours

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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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Requests & Lookups

Special Collections Division
Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 South High Street
Akron, Ohio 44326
Phone: 330-643-9030
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How We Can Help

We can do lookups and provide scans and copies of materials as detailed below. All requests will be fulfilled within three weeks. If a request requires more time, you will be notified. We cannot undertake extensive research. For in-depth research assistance, a list of local researchers for hire is available on the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society website.

Fees and Guidelines

Obituaries, Articles, Vital Records and Copies from Print Publications

  • Limit each order to no more than five items and submit only two orders per month.
  • Please be specific in your request, including index citations when possible. (See additional information below.)
  • There is no charge for items sent electronically. Please let us know which file format you prefer – JPEG or PDF.
  • A fee of $.05 per copy plus a $1.00 mailing fee will be charged for all requests sent by U.S. mail. Please provide your full name and mailing address with your request.

Reproductions of Archival Items

  • High quality digital files of photographs and archival print, audio or video materials are $2.00 per item. See our Reproduction Order Form for details. Fees may be higher for materials from some collections. Please contact us for more information. Note: Researchers may visit Special Collections and make their own photocopies at $.05 for black and white and $.25 for color copies, or may scan items for free. Some materials are restricted.

Additional Information

Several resources are available to help you locate information pertinent to your research: