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    LIBRARY SCENE
    PORTAGE LAKES

    In Library Scene, our Portage Lakes library staff talks about the spaces where patrons come to write, read, think and learn.

    Library Scene spotlights the Portage Lakes branch library
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    TEEN
    CLASSROOM SETS

    If you are a middle or high school teacher who wants to have your class read the same book, reserve one of our new Teen Classroom Sets.

    Teen Classroom Book Sets
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    DISCOVER
    BLACK HISTORY

    The Library has vast resources about Black History Month and the role of African Americans in U.S. History. Celebrate this rich history with these materials.

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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”.

New & Notable

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

Main Library Presents “an Evening With George Saunders”
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Main Event Speaker Series, a popular author series featuring prominent voices from the worlds of literature, the arts,... Read More...
One Hour Free Parking Restored at Main Library
Friday, February 10, 2017
The Akron-Summit County Public Library has reached an agreement with the City of Akron concerning parking for Main Library... Read More...
IMAGE Letter to the Community
Thursday, December 08, 2016
One year ago I wrote a letter for ShelfLife listing our library’s intentions for 2016. We had made ten promises to voters... 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.