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STEM Kits

The Akron Summit County Main Library in partnership with the Akron Public Schools and the Ohio STEM Learning Network is part of a grant from the EXL Center to place STEM materials in classrooms. 

  • Materials in the collection will circulate from the Science and Technology desk on the first floor of Main Library at 60 S. High St. Akron, Oh 44326. 
  • Returns must be made inside of Main Library.  Items are to be returned at the Science and Technology desk. 
  • Due to the size and fragile nature of these kits, they cannot be placed in the book drop or returned at the Drive-up window.

Item Limits, Loan Periods, and Fines

Item TypeItem LimitLoan PeriodFines (per day)
Stem Kit 3 14 days $10 and record blocked

These kits are available to teachers and home school parents only.  Proof of this status will be required each time a kit is borrowed.  For teachers, a school ID and photo ID or Akron Summit County Public Library card are required.  For home school parents proof of home school affiliation and photo ID or Akron Summit County Public Library card are required.  For University of Akron students who are student teaching a school ID with the designated sticker given to you at the beginning of your student teaching program.

Reserving STEM kits

Customers may reserve individual Kits by contacting the Science and Technology desk in person or by telephone.  A customer may have a maximum of 3 holds on STEM kits at any one time. STEM kits can be checked out for 2 weeks.  Reservation of these kits is done only by the Science and Technology Division so that we can schedule sets in advance.  Sets are in high demand so please plan ahead.   Please call 330-643-9075 to place a hold or to inquire about STEM kits.  A list of STEM Kits can be found in the Science and Technology Division at Main Library.  Or search STEM Kits in the library catalog to see a list of resources.

Renewing STEM kits

Due to the anticipated demand and the limited number of items, the STEM Kits cannot be renewed.

Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges will be suspended when the amount of unpaid fines reaches $10.00.  Late return of STEM kits will result in the patron’s record becoming blocked, which will include requesting and renewing of materials as well as use of a library computer.  Please call Science and Technology if you are unable to return items on time, 330-643-9075.

Teen Classroom Sets

If you are a middle or high school teacher who is planning to have an entire class read the same book, you may want to reserve a Teen Classroom Set. Each set consists of 35 copies of a popular title packaged in sturdy bags and checked out as a unit for 1-6 weeks.

Here are the lists of the current titles that we have in book sets:

Available Titles

Reservation Procedures

  • Sets are reserved through the Main Library Teen Department and can be picked up at any of our 18 locations.
  • There is a 2 set limit per teacher, and we are unable to take reservations on Sundays.
  • To reserve a Teen Classroom Set or ask a question, please contact the Teen Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330.643.9067.

Borrower Services

The Akron-Summit County Public Library offers a variety of materials for loan. Books, magazines, music and books on CD, and DVDs are available at all library locations.

The Library also offers the following specialized lending services.

Information on borrowing limits, loan periods and fines is available on our Borrowing Library Materials page.