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    CALL FOR
    MAKERS!

    Apply today to be part of the 2018 Akron Mini Maker Faire. Applications can be submitted until Wednesday, August 22.

    AMMF 2018
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    SOCIALIZE WITH
    NEEDLE WORK

    Enjoy a social setting while working on your needlework projects or making items to be donated to community agencies.

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    MUSIC! MUSIC!
    MUSIC!

    Music performance, and music history and appreciation, at the Library!

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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

Northwest Akron Branch Library and Recreation Center Anniversary Concert & Ice Cream Social
Article Published: July 19, 2018
Join us for our annual celebration on Tuesday, August 7 from 6-9 pm at the Northwest Akron Recreation Center with the AKRON... Read More...
Norton Bicentennial Celebration
Article Published: July 05, 2018
The Norton Branch Library plays a role in honoring our community’s important milestone! Read More...
Akron-Summit County Public Library, MIT Media Lab partner to build food computer
Article Published: June 25, 2018
Learn about our Personal Food Computer, a project of the Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX). PLIX was created by the... 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

Visit the Main Library Page

Local History Resources For Teachers And Students

Special Collections works with local teachers and students throughout the school year. Current collaborations include Stan Hywet’s Meet the Staff program for the Akron Public Schools and Archbishop Hoban High School’s Revolutionary War Days program. Our collections include many primary and secondary resources for students and teachers who are planning lessons related to our community’s history. Highlights of our collections include:

  • History of Akron and Summit County
  • Rubber and related industries
  • Lighter-Than-Air
  • Canal era
  • Akron neighborhoods
  • Buildings and architecture
  • Sports and recreation
  • Arts and culture

For more information, visit our Local History page. Here you will find links for Summit Memory, our digital collections website, and our Archives Catalog, great places to start for local history research. We are also available for classroom visits. Contact us to learn more.

Family History Resources For Teachers And Students

Interested in learning more about genealogy and how it can be incorporated in your classroom? We can help. Special Collections maintains one of the largest and most comprehensive family history collections in our state. To learn more, visit our Genealogy page. We can also visit your classroom. Contact us to learn how we can assist with your research or lesson planning.

Ohio History Day

Are you planning to participate in Ohio History Day? We can help students add detail and depth to their projects with our rich collections of historical documents with local significance. Check back for details on Ohio History Day 2018.

Lesson Planning

These sites include useful ideas and lesson plans:

Library of Congress

Ohio State’s History Teaching Institute

Ohio History Connection/Ohio Memory

Ohio History Day

Local History page