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    NORTON
    ANNIVERSARY

    Celebrate Norton Branch Library's 30 year anniversary on Tuesday, May 1. Stop by for snacks and reminisce with us!

    Norton Branch Library 30 Year Anniversary
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    YOUTH ARTS
    SHOWCASE

    Saturday, April 28, 2018
    10 am - 4 pm
    Main Library Auditorium

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    CALLING ALL
    ARTISTS

    GeekFest 2018 is looking for artists of all ages to feature their fandom. Art must be received by May 12 to be considered.

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    NATURALIZATION RECORDS &
    JEWISH GENEALOGY

    Featuring Kenneth Bravo
    Saturday, May 5 - 10:30 am to 1 pm
    Main Library, Meeting Room 2AB

    Naturalization Records and Researching Jewish Genealogy
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    STAR WARS &
    SPACE EXPLORING

    These library programs are out of this world!

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    AUTHOR! AUTHOR!
    @ YOUR LIBRARY

    Meet published authors and fellow aspiring writers at these upcoming Library programs.

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    HARVEST
    FOR HUNGER

    Unexpected expenses can take food off the table. 1 in 6 Northeast Ohians struggle with hunger. You can help — at your local library!

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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 Public Library Association brings Short Story Dispensers to U.S. public libraries, including Akron-Summit County Public Library
Article Published: April 06, 2018
Knight Foundation funds initiative with Public Library Association and publisher Short Edition to foster creative community... Read More...
IMAGE Harvest for Hunger 2018
Article Published: April 05, 2018
Many Summit County residents are forced to choose between buying food and paying bills, accessing transportation, and... 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

Visit the Main Library Page

Local History Resources For Teachers And Students

Special Collections works with local teachers and students throughout the school year. Current collaborations include Stan Hywet’s Meet the Staff program for the Akron Public Schools and Archbishop Hoban High School’s Revolutionary War Days program. Our collections include many primary and secondary resources for students and teachers who are planning lessons related to our community’s history. Highlights of our collections include:

  • History of Akron and Summit County
  • Rubber and related industries
  • Lighter-Than-Air
  • Canal era
  • Akron neighborhoods
  • Buildings and architecture
  • Sports and recreation
  • Arts and culture

For more information, visit our Local History page. Here you will find links for Summit Memory, our digital collections website, and our Local History Database, great places to start for local history research. We are also available for classroom visits. Contact us to learn more.

Family History Resources For Teachers And Students

Interested in learning more about genealogy and how it can be incorporated in your classroom? We can help. Special Collections maintains one of the largest and most comprehensive family history collections in our state. To learn more, visit our Genealogy page. We can also visit your classroom. Contact us to learn how we can assist with your research or lesson planning.

Ohio History Day

Are you planning to participate in Ohio History Day? We can help students add detail and depth to their projects with our rich collections of historical documents with local significance. Check back for details on Ohio History Day 2018.

Lesson Planning

These sites include useful ideas and lesson plans:

Library of Congress

Ohio State’s History Teaching Institute

Ohio History Connection/Ohio Memory

Ohio History Day

Local History page