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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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    LET'S GO
    TO THE MOVIES

    Enjoy free films at a library near you!

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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

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Legal Reference Policy

Staff members answer reference requests for legal information just as they answer requests for information in other subject areas. However, because these staff members are not attorneys, they will not offer legal advice or any interpretation of the law or legal terms. Interpretation is defined as the explanation of what is not immediately plain, explicit, or unmistakable. Although staff members will be as helpful as possible in locating and providing necessary legal materials, it is the responsibility of the patron to determine what the law "means".

Staff members will provide the following legal reference service:

  1. Read to patron a definition found in Black's Law Dictionary or equivalent source. No interpretation of the definition is made.
  2. Direct patron to special subject resources, such as Ohio Domestic Relations Law, Ohio Real Estate Law, Ohio Legal Forms, etc.
  3. Assist patron is using legal materials when:
    1. section of code is known (i.e. 3375.121)
    2. title or number of law is known (i.e. Ohio HB 235)
    3. popular name is known (Privacy Act of 1974)
    4. subject is broad enough to appear in index (i.e. privacy). This assistance should be accompanied by informing the patron that different terminology could lead to other sections of the code.
  4. Instruct the patron in the organization, format, and limitations of legal materials. This includes explaining:
    1. the difference between statutory law, case law, and rules/regulations.
    2. the meaning of citations (i.e. 376 US 169 = Vol. 376, page 169 of U.S. Supreme Court Reports)
    3. that indexed entries refer to code sections (i.e. 3375.121 refers to Chapter 33)
    4. that recent changes in the law may appear in the current service portion of the material
    5. that if the patron wants to research specific case law, he or she should go to the University of Akron Law Library.

Revised and Approved by the Board of Trustees - September 1987