Located on the 2nd floor of Main Library, the Culture & AV division offers a wide variety of entertainment options and cultural information. Our collection includes thousands of print and AV materials.
Our division maintains a comprehensive collection in adult fiction in a variety of genres. The library’s book collection includes romance, black fiction, mysteries, science fiction, and graphic novels. We also have books on the arts, music, sports, and film. Our Large Print books include fiction, nonfiction, and biographies.
The library’s in-depth collection of books on religion, language instruction, biographies, travel, crafts, games, and antiques and collectibles rounds out the collection.
An extensive collection of DVD’s and Blu-Rays cover the entire history of the movies, from silent and foreign classics to the latest box office hits. We also have a substantial collection of TV Series and nonfiction titles covering a multitude of subjects.
A vast selection of CD’s, including classical, jazz, country, world music, and pop hits are a popular part of our services. Looking for an audio book? Browse our extensive selection of both fiction and non-fiction BOCDs and Playaways.
Unique to Culture & AV is our collection of Song Books/Sheet Music, Plays, VHS Videos, Books in Foreign Languages, Book Club To Go, and Akron Art Library.
Need a quiet place to study, learn, and gather then come in and request one of our Quiet Study Rooms or check out our meeting rooms for larger groups and events.
Engaging and exciting programming for everyone is a signature of the Culture & AV division. The Main Event Speaker Series features prominent voices from the worlds of literature, the arts, politics and journalism. Past speakers include Eve Ensler, Chuck Klosterman, Augusten Burroughs, Amy Sedaris, Colum McCann, Gary Shteyngart, David Giffels, Chuck D, Alexander McCall Smith, Will Shortz, Billy Collins, Derf Backderf, Dani Shapiro, and Leonard Maltin
Other programs include the weekly Thursday free film series Movies@Main, monthly book and movie clubs, yearly Mind, Body & Sole, P2PU programs, and other in person and zoom author and speaker programs. Programs also include live and online music programs with Jazz with Joe Augustine & his trio to Boogey Woogy with Matthew Ball. There is something for everyone to enjoy!