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Borrowing Library Materials

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is pleased to offer a wide range of materials for borrowing. Here you will find information related to borrowing library material, including information on Library cards, overdue fines, and other necessary rules.

Registering For A Library Card

Anyone living, working, or attending school in Ohio may obtain a FREE library card by registering at Main Library, a branch library, or the bookmobile. Children may obtain a library card with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. When applying for a card, we prefer to see a photo ID with current address. Since that is not always possible, we will accept a photo ID and another form of current address verification, such as a piece of mail. Online registration is available for new cards only.

Item Limits, Loan Periods, and Fines

Item TypeItem LimitLoan PeriodFines (per day)
DVD & Blu-Ray 10 7 days 50¢
Hot Picks - DVD & Blu-Ray 2 3 days 50¢
VHS 10 7 days 50¢
Audio 20 14 days 10¢
Playaways 2 14 days 10¢
Books & Magazines, Adult - 14 days 10¢
Books & Magazines, Juvenile - 14 days
Hot Picks - Books 2 7 days 10¢
Books in Boxes 2 4 weeks  
Book Club to Go 2 42 days 10¢
SearchOhio/OhioLINK Books Check with Staff 21 days 50¢
SearchOhio/OhioLINK DVDs and Videos Check with Staff 7 days 50¢
eBooks from OverDrive 10 14 days none
Audiobooks from OneClickdigital 20 14 days none

Hoopla Digital Media

ItemsLoan Period
Streaming Movies & TV 3 days
Streaming Music 7 days
eBooks, Audiobooks & Comics 21 days

Hoopla Limit Items

There is no limit as to how many items you can have out at a time, but you may only have 15 checkouts total per month. So if you take all 15 out at once, you're done until the month rolls over.

To learn more about borrowing Hoopla media items, visit our streaming media page.


Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges will be suspended when the amount of unpaid fines reaches $10.00 (includes requesting and renewing of materials).

Maximum Fines

The maximum fine for any item is the replacement cost of that item.

SearchOhio and OhioLINK

A charge of $25.00 per item will be charged for any SearchOhio item damaged or not returned. The charge for an OhioLINK item damaged or not returned is $125.00 ($75 item fee plus $50 service fee). SearchOhio and OhioLINK policies, fines, and charges are determined by the consortiums and cannot be waived or negotiated. Learn more about SearchOhio and OhioLINK.

Service Charge

A processing fee or service charge of $5.00 per item is charged for lost or damaged materials. This fee is not refunded if the item is recovered: only the replacement cost is refunded. The $5.00 service fee applies to each lost item.

Paying Fines

Customers may pay library fines at any branch, at Main Library, or pay their fines online

Reserving Library Materials

Customers may place holds on most library materials except reference materials, Hot Picks, and Book Club to Go sets. Holds may be placed in person, by telephone, via the Library Catalog, or through the Akron Library Mobile App. A customer may have a maximum of 75 holds at any one time. Books-in-Boxes must be reserved in person or by calling the Children's Library at 330-643-9050. Book Club to Go sets must be reserved in person or by calling Culture & AV at 330-643-9035.



Most items can be renewed up to three times. Items that are on a hold for another customer cannot be renewed. Learn more on renewal options today.

Not Renewable

Hot Picks, Traditional Interlibrary Loans, Reference special loans, and items that have received a final notice cannot be renewed.
An item may be renewed up to the time of its second (final) overdue notice (bill).


Customers may choose to receive hold and overdue library notices by telephone or email. Text messaging is also available by opting in to the service (see below.)

Two notices will be sent to delinquent borrowers (the second notice is the bill and will be mailed). Customers who owe $75 or more also receive a bill for the fines due through a collection agency.

Courtesy notices are sent to those who receive their notices via email or text. These reminder notices are sent three days before an item is due.

Learn more about notice options and opting in to the text messaging service.

Claimed Returned

Customers are allowed only two claimed returned items. If the item claimed to be returned is not found by the Library and the item reaches "billed" status, the customer will be responsible for paying to replace it.