Our 24-hour telephone renewal system is temporarily unavailable. There are several other options available for renewing your items.
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    YOUR VOICE
    MATTERS

    On Wednesday, October 3, gather around a table with friends and neighbors to share ideas. The Library is saving you a seat.

    OnTheTableGreaterAkron
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    ERIC LITWIN
    FAMILY CONCERT

    Friday, October 5, 6:30 pm
    Main Library Auditorium
    60 S. High St.

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    INFORMATION ABOUT
    MEDICARE

    Do you have questions and need current information about Medicare?  These beginning level programs will get you started on the right foot. 

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    BRANCH
    ART PROGRAMS

    Express yourself or learn a new artistic skill at one of these programs.  Please call the branch for details and to register.

    Branch Art Programs-2018

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

Late Openings for Akron Marathon
Article Published: September 21, 2018
The Akron Marathon will take place on Saturday, September 29 and both Main Library and Highland Square Branch will open at... Read More...
IMAGE September is Library Card Sign Up Month
Article Published: September 18, 2018
Looking for a way to transform your life? Today’s libraries offer you the tools you need to expand your knowledge and... Read More...
IMAGE Eric Litwin in Concert
Article Published: September 17, 2018
Friday, October 5 at 6:30 pm at Main Library Auditorium Join us for an evening of fun with Eric Litwin, the song-singing,... 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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Visiting Special Collections

Are you planning to visit Special Collections to do research? Whether you live in town or out of state, knowing some information about us ahead of time can help make your trip easier. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Directions and Parking

Visit the Library's hours & location page for a map showing Main Library or use Google Maps.

The High-Market Parking Garage is located next to the Library at the corner of High and Market streets. There is an entrance ramp to Main Library on the first parking level down from High Street. Parking is free on weekends. The parking garage does not accept credit or debit cards.

See Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) for more information on parking and navigating downtown Akron.

Library Computers

You will need a valid Akron-Summit County Public Library card to use our computers and scanning stations. If you are from out of state, please ask at the reference desk for guest access. Anyone living, working, or attending school in Ohio may obtain a free library card with a current ID. At Main Library, stop at the checkout desk on the first or second floor to obtain a library card.

We provide work tables with outlets and wireless internet access for those bringing laptops.

Copying and Scanning

Most items in our collection may be photocopied or scanned, but some should not because of preservation concerns. Please ask at the reference desk when working with fragile books or items from our archival collections.

We offer microfilm reader/printers and scanners, a photocopier, document scanner, and a hand-held scanner. Computer printouts, photocopies, and microfilm copies are $.05 per page. Please bring change and dollar bills if you wish to make copies or print items from our computers. There is no charge to scan items. To save digital images from our scanning stations, you can use a flash drive, email the images to your own email address, or use a cloud-based service such as Dropbox.

Personal cameras and mobile scanners are permitted.

Food and Drink

No food or beverages are permitted in Special Collections. Beverages with lids are allowed in the rest of the Library. A number of restaurants are located within walking distance or a short drive. Check Downtown Akron Partnership for downtown dining information.

Personal Items

The temperature in the research area may be cool, so you may want to dress in layers. Free self-serve lockers are available for storage of personal items. Simply ask for a key at the reference desk.

Pencils, binders, notebooks, laptops and tablets are welcome. Pens are not permitted while using archival collections. You may also bring purses, backpacks, and similar items into the research area. However, we may ask you to store these items in a locker if you are using archival collections.