Strategic Plan

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.

Our Vision: 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.

Overarching Strategic Intent

To implement strategies that directly support the mission of the Library and enable our staff as we deliver service excellence, lifelong learning and enrichment to all who use our resources and programs.

The strategic intent represents the overarching philosophy associated with how the strategic priorities will be executed and will ensure all the processes, systems, structures and staffing will consistently reinforce a defined ASCPL Experience to all who interact with the Library.

This serves as a “thread” that connects all of the areas of strategic focus. To address this strategic intent, the Library will define the desired ASCPL experience which will then be incorporated into the development and implementation of the strategic goals.

Overarching Areas of Focus

The Library Board of Trustees adopted five strategic areas of focus and their defined priorities in 2018 to support the “core” strategic intent of the ASCPL Strategic Plan. 

  • Culture and Human Capital:
    • Foster a culture and work environment that engages, develops and inspires our staff.
  • Operational Excellence:
    • Demonstrate operational excellence in the delivery of our services.
  • Collections, Programs and Services:
    • Advance literacy, workforce development, life enrichment and lifelong learning through our relevant and vibrant collections, programs and services.
  • Marketing:
    • Leverage, promote and consistently demonstrate the value of our Library to our communities.
  • Outreach and Community Engagement:
    • Deliver exceptional and highly valued outreach and community engagement.


The Akron-Summit County Public Library is comprised of Main Library in downtown Akron, 18 branch locations in the City of Akron and in Summit County, two bookmobiles, and a van that provides cart-based service to lobbies of residential buildings. Main Library is the home of the administrative offices. The Library provides access to nearly 2 million items in its collection and, through the SearchOhio and OhioLINK consortia, to more than 75 million items in the collections of member public libraries and Ohio's college and university libraries.

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Library Statistics 2017

Population of Legal Service Area: 377,588
Visitors to library facilities: 2.2 million
Registered borrowers: 303,290
Program/Meeting Attendance: 313,132
Items available: 2 million
Items borrowed: 4.9 million

To review all of our current library statistics, download our 2017 Akron-Summit County Public Library Fact Sheet .


With the Main Library in downtown Akron, two bookmobiles, a Mobile Service van, and 18 branch locations throughout Summit County the system has 21 physical public service outlets. Main Library is 270,000 square feet. Average branch size is 12,000 square feet. Total square feet for Main and Branch Libraries: 442,807.

The Library provides numerous community spaces including a 425-seat auditorium, computer training labs at Main Library, a bookstore operated by the Friends of Main Library, and branch library meeting rooms that are available for non-profit and community groups.

Innovative Programs & Services at a Glance

  • After-School Snacks and Programming: Feeding the body and the mind through nutritious snacks (in collaboration with the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank), homework help, relationship building and informal education activities.
  • NatureConnect: Indoor and outdoor public learning spaces for nature programming, unstructured exploration, and the recharging of mind and body in a fast-paced world through observation, investigation, and play.
  • Akron Mini-Maker Faire: A family-friendly event to make, create, invent, learn, craft, recycle, think, and play, presented by the Akron‑Summit County Public Library and Maker Media. Inspiration through arts, crafts, science, technology, engineering, and innovation.
  • provides live online tutoring for students and adults with an Akron-Summit County Public Library card. offers homework help and test preparation for students of all ages as well as career assistance. This service is available daily from 3 to 11 pm.
  • provides library cardholders access to thousands of online courses and more than 250,000 video tutorials. Participants can enhance their business, software, technology and creative skills with the online teaching tool.