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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.

    ericLitwin
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    VOTER
    REGISTRATION

    The November election will be here before you know it. Did you know you can register to vote at the library! Register by October 9 at any branch location.

    Voter Registration Form
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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. 

    SeniorPlanning2017
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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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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