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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...

OnlineChat

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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