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    SEARCHING
    THE REPORTER

    Join us October 25 at 6:30 to learn about the digitization of our collection of Akron’s African-American newspaper, The Reporter.

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    ACT
    TEST PREP

    With the right test preparation and practice, your student can turn in their best ACT scores. Learn how the library can assist you.

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    IT'S GAMETIME
    IN OHIO!

    Learn more about your favorite teams at a library branch near you.

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    EXPLORE
    THE UNKNOWN

    Have you seen, heard or believe something that is not explained? Several upcoming library programs will discuss these phenomena. How much of this is real? We’ll let you decide.

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    FALL
    BOOK SALES

    Gently used books, music, movies, and more available at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the 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

Akron Mini Maker Faire Returns Saturday, November 11
Article Published: October 03, 2017
The Akron Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, November 11, noon to 4 pm at Main Library.  Read More...
Late Openings for Akron Marathon
Article Published: September 21, 2017
The Akron Marathon will take place on Saturday, September 23 and both Main Library and Highland Square Branch will open at... Read More...
2017 Main Event Speaker Series Announced
Article Published: September 07, 2017
An author series featuring prominent voices from the worlds of literature, the arts, politics and journalism. The Main Event... 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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Family History

Teaching family history is a terrific way to engage students in the study of history. Learning about an ancestor’s place in history brings meaning and interest to the stories of our community, state, and nation. Special Collections has one of the most extensive genealogy collections in Ohio. Visit our genealogy page to learn more about our resources, including databases that you and your students can access from home and school. Highlights of our collections include:

Resources and Links:

  • Family Search, maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day-Saints includes a vast collection of online genealogy records and sources, including Ohio Death Certificates for 1908-1953.
  • Search and view Summit County Naturalization Records 1850-1991 available through the Summit County Clerk of Courts
  • Visit USGenweb for resources and links to genealogical information for most counties in all fifty states
  • Visit our oral history page to learn about using oral history in the classroom

Lesson Plans:

Family History Resources for Teachers / Our Lady of the Elms Elementary School

The following teacher resources were graciously shared by teachers of Our Lady of the Elms Elementary School in Akron, Ohio. Please feel free to adapt these materials for use in your own classroom.