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    LIBRARY SCENE
    RICHFIELD

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

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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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    MEET
    LIBBY

    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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    2017 DAYTON LITERARY
    PEACE PRIZE

    The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. Check out this year's nominees!

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    NOVEMBER IS
    PICTURE BOOK MONTH

    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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    CRAFTING
    FOR THE SEASON

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

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    IT'S GAMETIME
    IN OHIO!

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

    It's Gametime in Ohio programs

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

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
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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Legal Reference Policy

Staff members answer reference requests for legal information just as they answer requests for information in other subject areas. However, because these staff members are not attorneys, they will not offer legal advice or any interpretation of the law or legal terms. Interpretation is defined as the explanation of what is not immediately plain, explicit, or unmistakable. Although staff members will be as helpful as possible in locating and providing necessary legal materials, it is the responsibility of the patron to determine what the law "means".

Staff members will provide the following legal reference service:

  1. Read to patron a definition found in Black's Law Dictionary or equivalent source. No interpretation of the definition is made.
  2. Direct patron to special subject resources, such as Ohio Domestic Relations Law, Ohio Real Estate Law, Ohio Legal Forms, etc.
  3. Assist patron is using legal materials when:
    1. section of code is known (i.e. 3375.121)
    2. title or number of law is known (i.e. Ohio HB 235)
    3. popular name is known (Privacy Act of 1974)
    4. subject is broad enough to appear in index (i.e. privacy). This assistance should be accompanied by informing the patron that different terminology could lead to other sections of the code.
  4. Instruct the patron in the organization, format, and limitations of legal materials. This includes explaining:
    1. the difference between statutory law, case law, and rules/regulations.
    2. the meaning of citations (i.e. 376 US 169 = Vol. 376, page 169 of U.S. Supreme Court Reports)
    3. that indexed entries refer to code sections (i.e. 3375.121 refers to Chapter 33)
    4. that recent changes in the law may appear in the current service portion of the material
    5. that if the patron wants to research specific case law, he or she should go to the University of Akron Law Library.

Revised and Approved by the Board of Trustees - September 1987