All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 28, Memorial Day.
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    MIND, BODY & SOLE:
    LIBRARIES ROCK!

    Our Mind, Body & Sole summer reading program begins June 4 – July 28, 2018. Register and enjoy making reading and exercise a part of your day!

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    GEEKS
    ASSEMBLE!

    Join us on Saturday, June 2 from 12-4:30 pm at Main Library. Cosplay Contests, Featured Speakers, Arts, Crafts, Gaming, and much more!!

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    STREAMING MEDIA
    SPOTLIGHT

    Acorn TV streams world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond and it's now available through the library.

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    STAR WARS &
    SPACE EXPLORING

    These library programs are out of this world!

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    TAKE THE
    LIBRARY WITH YOU

    The Akron Library mobile app is available for download in your device's app store. Download today and take the Library with you wherever you go.

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    BORROW, BAKE, ENJOY-
    CAKE PANS FOR LOAN

    This library collection contains over 50 cake pans that you can check out for two weeks with your library card.

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    VOICES FROM THE
    RUST BELT

    Join us for readings by Belt Magazine founder Anne Trubek and writer Jason Segedy.

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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 Mind, Body & Sole: Libraries Rock!
Article Published: May 24, 2018
Mind, Body & Sole: Libraries Rock! is a reading/wellness experience for the whole family to enjoy. New this year is a... Read More...
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Article Published: May 24, 2018
RBDigital Streaming Video on Demand - Use your library card to stream unlimited video! Just borrow a 7-day pass to one of... Read More...
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Article Published: May 24, 2018
Main Library’s new Tween Space is now open! 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