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Special Collections

Address:
3rd Floor
60 South High Street
Akron, Ohio 44326

Phone: 330.643.9030

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Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Division Manager:
Mary Plazo
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About the Division

The Special Collections Division houses the Library's genealogy and local history materials. Our goal is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the history of Summit County and to continue to maintain one of the area's most extensive genealogy collections.

Our genealogy collection includes books, microfilm, periodicals, databases and more. While our collections are focused primarily on Ohio and surrounding states, we also actively collect materials for the states of the Eastern Seaboard, New England and the South.

Our local history collection includes a variety of materials pertaining to all aspects of Akron and Summit County history including the archival and photograph collections of the Summit County Historical Society. Sharing and providing access to these materials is our goal.

Summit Memory

The Summit Memory project is a countywide, collaborative effort to make available some of the remarkable local history collections maintained by our partner institutions. If your organization is located in Summit County and would like to participate in Summit Memory, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 330.643.9030.

Science & Technology Division

Address:
1st Floor
60 South High Street
Akron, Ohio 44326

Phone: 330.643.9075

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Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Division Manager:
Monique Mason
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About the Division

Science & Technology is the center for the Library's information related to math and the hard sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.); cooking, gardening, parenting, pets, home maintenance and repair; engineering, architecture, manufacturing methods, and construction; health and medicine; electronics, inventions, patents and trademarks; publishing and computer software books; and philosophy, psychology and the paranormal.

The Health Information Center; the Patent & Trademark Resource Center; the How-to-do-it Collection of archival magazines, SAMS photofacts, and Rider's Perpetual Trouble Shooter's manuals; and the Science Fair Project Index and collection combine with our over 65,000 other books to inform and entertain students, hobbyists, researchers, professionals and the casual reader. Additionally, the Library's magazines and newspaper collections are here.

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TechZone@Main is the solution to all of your technological needs. We have over 40 computers available to the public for free. Our knowledgeable staff can help you if you have any computer-related questions. If you need some more in-depth technology help, we teach free computer classes at branches and the Main Library computer lab, and we’re also available for individualized help at our 1 on 1 Tech Help desk. All TechZone staff are passport acceptance agents and Notaries. So if you need a passport or need something notarized for free, stop in or give us a call to make an appointment.

TechZone is also Akron-Summit County Public Library’s makerspace. What is a makerspace? It’s a place for making, learning, exploring and sharing.

TechZone is open to artists, entrepreneurs, small business owners, hobbyists, and creative types of all kinds. We have a variety of tools available for free or little cost. Some examples include recording studios, laser engraver, vinyl printer, green screen room, design computers, button/magnet maker, media transfer station, and more.

Creating something yourself is what a makerspace is all about. You have the idea. We have the tools. Come make your thing.

Hold Harmless / User Agreement

Prior to using TechZone, all users must review our TechZone Rules and Procedures and sign a Hold Harmless / User Agreement. Read, print, and sign in TechZone or do it from home and bring a signed copy to your first appointment.

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TechZone Equipment and User Guides

3D Printer

Find a 3D design – or create your own – and watch it print right before your eyes! Toys, tools, prototypes, inventions, tchotchkes – bring the file and we’ll print it for you at a cost of $1 per print hour.*

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Button/Magnet Maker

Use the button maker to create buttons or magnets to promote your business, campaign, band, or brand. We have two options of sizes: the cost is 30¢ each for the 2.25” size and 45¢ each for the 3”.*

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Design Computer

Where your design dreams become a reality. Use our design computers to start developing your ideas using Adobe Creative Cloud, Corel, and the Microsoft Office suite.

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Green Screen

Want to interview someone or make a commercial and then superimpose your subjects onto a virtual background? Then the green screen is for you. We have lights, cameras, and instructions if needed.

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Heat Press

Design your graphics or words to print on Siser’s Color-Print-Easy heat transfer vinyl by using our Vinyl Printer. We offer the ability to print your designs up to 19” width for $5.00 for a linear foot. Plus, a $1.00 set up fee. * Transfer the print onto your cotton T-Shirts by using George Knight Heat Press 16”x20” for free.

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Laminator

Laminate an award, artwork, ID card, or anything else worth preserving. We have two different sizes of laminate pouches: 8.5”x11.5” and 9”x14” and they are 40¢ each. *

Laser Engraver

Etch your logo or design into a variety of materials. Make the design yourself or find something online. You can use the laser engraver/cutter to make complex designs, or simply etch text, pictures, or patterns.

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Media Transfer Station

Do you have negatives, VHS, pictures, super 8mm, Vinyl LPs, or cassettes that you would love to have a digital copy? Then this is the station for you.

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Photo Printer

Did you take pictures with your phone, digital camera, or tablet on vacation, at a special event, or when you were out and about? Use our photo printer to get a hard copy of those snapshots. 4x6 photos are 25¢ each; 5x7 photos are 50¢ each. *

Recording Studio

Record music, interviews, or podcasts using TechZone’s Recording Studios. Our studios include have virtual instruments, music loops and studio quality recording software to help you sound great.

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Sewing Machine

Mend an item or create something new using TechZone’s Elna 3230. Bring your own bobbins and thread.

Silhouette Curio

Do you like to scrapbook or make homemade cards? Then let the Silhouette Curio help you cut out fun shapes, draw cool sayings, etc. It’s a crafters dream! Create a file and color, etch and/or cut it out using this extremely versatile machine.

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Studio in a Box

Use the background and lighting provided by our Studio in a Box to take professional photos of your items to post on eBay, social media, or your website.

Vinyl Printer

You bring the design. We have the materials to advertise your business or decorate a room by printing banners, stickers, or window clings on our vinyl printer. Vinyl options available to print on with this machine are: vinyl matte/gloss, glossy paper, static clings, adhesives, and heat transfer. All vinyls are $2 per foot + $1 setup fee*. Heat transfer vinyl is $5 per foot + $1 set up fee.*

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* Pricing does not include sales tax. TechZone pricing and equipment subject to change.

Not sure how to use our equipment?

Our dedicated TechZone staff are here to assist you with your project by explaining equipment/software, speaking from personal experience, providing training materials, and answering questions to the best of our ability.

Call or email with questions or to book an appointment on one of our machines.

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Children's Library

Address:
2nd Floor
60 South High Street
Akron, Ohio 44326

Phone: 330.643.9050

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Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Division Manager:
Trish Saylor
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About the Division

The Children's Library serves children from birth through age 12, their families, and teachers. The Children's Library at Main measures approximately 12,000 square feet, similar to the size of our branches. Our collection includes board books, picture books, beginning readers, nonfiction, magazines, audio, and foreign language materials. Our DVD and audio collections are aimed at the Early Childhood group and for children up to age 8. We do not carry feature films. Those are shelved in Culture & AV. We also have computers that have built-in games for young children and public-use computers with Internet access.

The Children's Library also provides services specifically aimed at educators. Our Resources for Early Childhood Educators (RECE) Lab is in one half of our program rooms. The RECE Lab houses equipment for educators, early childhood caregivers and homeschoolers, including 2 laminators, a binder, and three Ellison die-cut machines. Orientations and trainings in the RECE Lab are conducted by the Public Service Assistant and the Early Childhood Specialist. Another service for teachers is our Books in Boxes program. The Children's Library provides Books in Boxes sets for elementary school teachers. These are 35 copies of one title in a box. They can be booked ahead of time through the Children's Library and picked up at Main or at a branch.

The Children's Library conducts a host of programs for the public, including preschool story times, our monthly Paws for Reading with certified therapy dogs, a monthly play time, afterschool activities, special Saturday events, and tours of the department.