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    YOU ARE
    INVITED!

    Our Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library will officially open to the public Monday, February 19. Read our latest article on the community reception and branch opening.

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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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    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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    NOW PLAYING AT A
    LIBRARY NEAR YOU

    Looking for something to do? Come join us for a movie at the library!

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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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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...

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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

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Online Books

The following books are titles for which the library holds copyright, titles for which the Library has been granted permission to digitize, or titles which are in the public domain.

The titles below are PDFs. To view a PDF on the web, your computer must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application installed.

Digitized Books

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Akron Negro Directory pdfsymbol
The Akron, Ohio Ku Klux Klan, 1921-1928 pdfsymbol
Akron, The City of Opportunity pdfsymbol
Akron’s Library: Commemorating Twenty-five Years on Main Street pdfsymbol
The Architecture of Education: Akron Public Schools, 1890-1920 pdfsymbol
Articulation:The Art of the Akron Summit County Public Library pdfsymbol
A Century of Adjustment: A History of the Akron Jewish Community, 1865-1975 pdfsymbol
Charles Cook Bronson's History of Tallmadge and the Western Reserve 1804-1886 (Ten Volumes) pdfsymbol
Volume 1 pdfsymbol
Volume 2 pdfsymbol
Volume 3 pdfsymbol
Volume 4 pdfsymbol
Volume 5 pdfsymbol
Volume 6 pdfsymbol
Volume 7 pdfsymbol
Volume 8 pdfsymbol
Volume 9 pdfsymbol
Volume 10 pdfsymbol
The Contribution of Blacks in Akron 1825-1975 pdfsymbol
Division Reports - Ohio Canal pdfsymbol
Elizabeth Parke Firestone: Her Couture Collection and her Role as a Woman of Influence pdfsymbol
Golden Age of Summit County Restaurants pdfsymbol
A History of the Establishment of the Municipal University of Akron pdfsymbol
A History of Tallmadge Coal: A Tale of Woodchucks, Welshmen, and a Canal pdfsymbol
Imagining Akron: The Report of Imagine Akron 2025 pdfsymbol
The Jewish Criterion pdfsymbol
Life of Mrs. Ellen Stewart pdfsymbol
Lost Soul, Get Right With God: The Akron Gospel Tabernacle and the Plight of Urban Revivalism. 1924-1934 pdfsymbol
Red Guidon pdfsymbol
The Report of The Akron Commission on Civil Disorders pdfsymbol
Roy G. Firestone Scrapbook - Volume 1 pdfsymbol
Roy G. Firestone Scrapbook - Volume 2 pdfsymbol
Properties featured in the scrapbooks may be located using the owners’ names in:  
Alphabetical Index pdfsymbol
Street Index pdfsymbol
A Selection of Photographs illustrating the work of Good & Wagner pdfsymbol
A Sketch of the Settlement and Progress of the Township of Tallmadge pdfsymbol
A Spin on the Past: The Origin Story of the Modern American Toy Industry, as it Occurred in Akron, Ohio, Including the Story of S.C. Dyke and the First Mass-Produced Toy--Clay marbles pdfsymbol
Views of Akron, Ohio and Environs pdfsymbol
Werner and His Empire: The Rise and Fall of a Gilded Age Printer pdfsymbol
West Hill Sketchbook pdfsymbol
Women and China Painting at the Turn of the 20th Century pdfsymbol

Many copyright-free historical and genealogical titles relating to Summit County may be viewed and downloaded in several online locations:

If you have suggestions for copyright-free publications that you would like to see added to this page, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..