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

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



Browse bestsellers, movies, music and other titles just added to the library catalog! Formerly known as “Featured Item Lists”.

New & Notable


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


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

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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Annual Reports

MC 9630 2017 Annual Report 1

2017 at a Glance

2017 Annual Report



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2016: Promises Kept

We made ten promises to voters in passing our property tax levy in May, 2015, and we pursued those commitments in 2016...

2016 Annual Report


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2013: Community Engagement

2013 was a year of innovation coupled with continued financial challenge for the Akron-Summit County Public Library...

2013 Annual Report


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2011-2012: Making Connections

We also have embarked on an organizational priority to become even more engaged and involved with our communities...

2011-2012 Annual Report

About the Library

In January 1874, the Akron City Council passed an ordinance to create a free public library for the city. On February 27, 1874, the Board of Trustees of the newly-formed Akron Public Library met for the first time, with John R. Buchtel serving as the first Board President. The Akron Public Library officially opened to the public in a building at the corner of Mill and South Howard streets on March 1, 1874. A century later, in 1974, the Library became the Akron-Summit County Public Library, incorporating suburban branch libraries into its system.

Today, the Akron-Summit County Public Library's official service area includes the City of Akron and all of Summit County except for Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Peninsula, Stow-Munroe Falls, and Twinsburg, all of which are served by independent libraries. Anyone living, working, or attending school in Ohio is eligible to register for a free Akron-Summit County Public Library card.

Mission Statement

The Akron-Summit County Public Library provides resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life.
Adopted: December 14, 2006

Vision Statement

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is recognized locally as an essential community asset and nationally as one of the finest public libraries in the United States due to its excellent customer service, collaborative community involvement, and high level of customer and employee satisfaction.
Adopted: December 14, 2006

Core Values


Striving for excellence in all we do


Providing service that is dynamic, responsive, and respectful of our customers, colleagues, and co-workers


Fostering life-long learning and individual enrichment


Operating with the highest level of honesty and respect for staff, community, and library resources

Innovative Thinking

Encouraging innovative thinking as a means for addressing needs and challenges in order to improve the library


Working together and listening to customers and staff


Embracing and respecting diversity in our community, collection, services, and staff


Actively engaging with our community to work towards a shared destiny

Adopted: December 14, 2006