This website is owned by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and maintained by Library staff. The site's purpose is to provide information to the public regarding Library services, resources, and events.

While the information contained within the website is updated periodically, no guarantee is given that the information provided on the website is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

Except as otherwise specified in this policy, collected information is considered confidential between customers and the Library, including materials consulted, borrowed, acquired, and database search records, circulation records, interlibrary loan records, and other personally identifiable information about uses of library materials, facilities, or services. Please see the Library Records & Patron Information Policy for additional information.

Information Collection And Use

The Akron-Summit County Public Library collects data to measure usefulness of the information contained on its website, as well as its mobile apps, and the Library is the sole owner of that information. This information does not identify customers personally. The Library stores only the following information about visits:

  • IP Address
  • Browser Information, including Browser Name and Version
  • Device Information, including type of Operating System and Screen Resolution
  • Demographics, including Service Area and Audience Segment *
  • Interests, including Physical Material Types and Subject Headings *
  • Search Terms, including Titles and Keywords referred to partnered online catalog providers *

* This applies specifically to the Library’s general website, online catalog, New & Notable, and Book Lists sections of the website.

The Library uses this information to make the website more useful to visitors and to learn about the number of visitors to the website and the types of technology visitors use. Visitor information described above is anonymized and aggregated, meaning that it cannot be connected to an individual.

Emails and web forms may request data connected to your personal information or identity and may also be shared or subject to retention by third-party services only to the extent necessary to provide the requested service.


A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on the Library’s website.


This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that the Akron-Summit County Public Library is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. The Library encourages customers to be knowledgeable about the privacy statements of any website that collects personally identifiable information.

Emails & Web Forms

Personally identifying information that customers provide by emails or web forms will be used only for such purposes as are described at the point of collection (for example, on a contact form), such as to send information or provide library services, to update patron records, or to respond to questions or comments.

Online Library card applications are shared with one or more third-party automated identity verification services over a secure connection and may additionally be retained by the Library to measure and improve the efficacy of associated fraud prevention systems in use by the Library.

If a customer provides contact information, the Library may contact the customer to clarify a comment or question, or to learn about the level of customer satisfaction with Library services.

Revisions To Privacy Policy

The Library reserves the right to change or modify this policy at any time. If the Library revises this policy, the amended version will be posted on the Library’s website.


All users of the website agree to hold the Akron-Summit County Public Library harmless from all claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities, directly or indirectly relating to the website and/or the networked information available via the website, caused thereby or arising therefrom. In no event shall the Akron-Summit County Public Library have any liability for lost profits or for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages or any liability to any third party, even if the Akron-Summit County Public Library is advised of the possibility of such damages.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on April 27, 2023

Our Mission: 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.