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 Public Library Association brings Short Story Dispensers to U.S. public libraries, including Akron-Summit County Public Library
Article Published: April 06, 2018
Knight Foundation funds initiative with Public Library Association and publisher Short Edition to foster creative community... Read More...
IMAGE Harvest for Hunger 2018
Article Published: April 05, 2018
Many Summit County residents are forced to choose between buying food and paying bills, accessing transportation, and... 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.