All Library locations will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 22 and will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving Day.
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    In Library Scene, our Richfield library staff talks about the spaces where patrons come to write, read, think and learn.

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    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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    The fastest way to reading happiness.  Libby offers a fresh and easy way to borrow OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks – anywhere, anytime.

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    ASCPL encourages everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books during the month of November. Enjoy this list of titles and authors selected by your librarians.

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    Handmade and from the heart for the special people in your life! Gift workshops @ the Library.

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    IN OHIO!

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

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

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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

Program Cancelled
Article Published: November 07, 2017
The Main Event program scheduled for Thursday, November 9 at Main Library, featuring author Matt Taibbi, has been... Read More...
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...


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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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Annual Reports

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2016: Promises Kept

We made ten promises to voters in passing our property tax levy in May, 2015, and we pursued those commitments in 2016...

2016 Annual Report


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2013: Community Engagement

2013 was a year of innovation coupled with continued financial challenge for the Akron-Summit County Public Library...

2013 Annual Report


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2011-2012: Making Connections

We also have embarked on an organizational priority to become even more engaged and involved with our communities...

2011-2012 Annual Report

About the Library

In January 1874, the Akron City Council passed an ordinance to create a free public library for the city. On February 27, 1874, the Board of Trustees of the newly-formed Akron Public Library met for the first time, with John R. Buchtel serving as the first Board President. The Akron Public Library officially opened to the public in a building at the corner of Mill and South Howard streets on March 1, 1874. A century later, in 1974, the Library became the Akron-Summit County Public Library, incorporating suburban branch libraries into its system.

Today, the Akron-Summit County Public Library's official service area includes the City of Akron and all of Summit County except for Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Peninsula, Stow-Munroe Falls, and Twinsburg, all of which are served by independent libraries. Anyone living, working, or attending school in Ohio is eligible to register for a free Akron-Summit County Public Library card.

Mission Statement

The Akron-Summit County Public Library provides resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life.
Adopted: December 14, 2006

Vision Statement

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is recognized locally as an essential community asset and nationally as one of the finest public libraries in the United States due to its excellent customer service, collaborative community involvement, and high level of customer and employee satisfaction.
Adopted: December 14, 2006

Core Values


Striving for excellence in all we do


Providing service that is dynamic, responsive, and respectful of our customers, colleagues, and co-workers


Fostering life-long learning and individual enrichment


Operating with the highest level of honesty and respect for staff, community, and library resources

Innovative Thinking

Encouraging innovative thinking as a means for addressing needs and challenges in order to improve the library


Working together and listening to customers and staff


Embracing and respecting diversity in our community, collection, services, and staff


Actively engaging with our community to work towards a shared destiny

Adopted: December 14, 2006