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    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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    A time to learn and to celebrate at a program near you!

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    2018 ALA

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    Launched in November 2007, Summit Memory is celebrating 10 years of sharing Summit County history through promoting local history collections, digitally.



Browse bestsellers, movies, music and other titles just added to the library catalog! Formerly known as “Featured Item Lists”.

New & Notable


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


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

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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Local Records

Records of genealogical value can be scattered throughout a community. This treasure hunt can add some fun and frustration to your research efforts. Listed below are some documents, links to online records and contact information for other repositories of local records.

Local RecordsPDF
Cemetery Records of Summit County Research Guide pdfsymbol
Summit County Veterans’ Burials Card File Collection pdfsymbol
Edwin Shaw Hospital - Briar Hill Cemetery Records Collection pdfsymbol
Mount Peace Cemetery, Akron, Ohio - Interment Records, 1880-1916  
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Springfield Township Cemetery Transcriptions pdfsymbol
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Summit County Index to Ohio State Penitentiary Prisoner Registers, 1840-1938 pdfsymbol
Summit County Naturalization Records from the Summit County Clerk of Courts  
Ohio Death Certificates (1908-1953) are available for free from Family Search  
Ohio Death Certificates (1954-1963) are available for $7 from Ohio History Connection  
Maps and Atlases of Akron and Summit County are available from Summit Memory's Online Map Room  

Contact information for other Records and Research Facilities can be found on our Records and Research Facilities PDF.

Family History Center Affiliate

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is an Affiliate Library of the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This affiliate status allows ASCPL card holders to borrow microfilm directly from the Genealogical Society of Utah. Many resources held by the library in Salt Lake City have been microfilmed and are available for loan for a small fee. The holdings of the Family History Center Library may be searched via their libary catalog: www.familysearch.org/catalog/search.

The cost to borrow a reel of microfilm is $7.50. You order and pay online in a few easy steps. The first step is to create a free account with Family Search. If you already have an account, simply go to their film ordering page: www.familysearch.org/films, and sign in. The rest is easy, much like ordering from any online vendor. Once the film arrives, you will receive an email notification that it is available to be used here in Special Collections.

For more information, please contact the Special Collections Division at 330.643.9030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Census Resources

The library provides free access to Federal Population Schedules from 1790 to 1940 through three databases: Ancestry Library Edition, which is available from within any Akron-Summit County Public Library, as well as Heritage Quest and My Heritage / World Vital records, which are available from any library or any computer with internet access using an ASCPL card. All databases may be accessed using the links on our Research Databases page.

Special Collections also has several non-population schedules for Summit County available on microfilm. Links to online indexes to these schedules are provided below. If you find a name in an index and would like to request copies of the pages pertaining to that person, contact us.

To view a PDF on the web, your computer must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application installed.

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Akron Beacon Journal Obituary Indexes (1937 - present)

Below are Obituary indexes to the Akron Beacon Journal, 1937-present. The indexes contain names of deceased individuals and the date(s) their obituaries were published in the Akron Beacon Journal. To request a copy of an obituary cited in the indexes, please contact us. For obituaries prior to 1937, see our Akron Beacon Journal Subject Indexes (1841-1939). You may also want to check the Barberton Public Library's obituary indexes to Barberton newspapers.

Text-only versions of Akron Beacon Journal articles 1984-present are available with an ASCPL library card through NewsBank. You may also search the Akron Beacon Journal 1940-2016 through Newspapers.com, but must have a private subscription to view articles.

To view the index files, your computer must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application installed. After opening an index, you may use your viewer's find function by pressing Ctrl+F and typing the last name.


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