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    FEATURING
    ART ON LOAN

    ASCPL and the Akron Art Museum have collaborated in a new program which lends works of art to Summit County residents with a library card.

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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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    WELCOMING
    POLLINATORS

    Get the latest buzz on pollinators at these upcoming Library programs.

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    GET
    MOVING

    Classes in yoga, Tai Chi or belly dance at a library branch near you! (even one for children!)

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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...

OnlineChat

Download the
Akron Library mobile app and take it with you wherever you go.

Apple Store

Google Play

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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

Visit the Main Library Page

Requests & Lookups

Special Collections Division
Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 South High Street
Akron, Ohio 44326
Phone: 330-643-9030
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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: