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Akron-Summit County Public Library

The Akron-Summit County Public Library was founded in 1874 and is located in Akron, Ohio. It operates the Main Library on South High Street and South Main Street in downtown Akron, 18 branch libraries throughout the city of Akron and Summit County, the Akron Art Library (located on the Second Floor of the Main Library),[5][6] and Mobile Services (located on the Lower Floor of the Main Library).

Akron-Summit County Public Library
Main Library located in downtown Akron, Ohio
South Main Street entrance to Akron-Summit County Public Library
TypePublic library
EstablishedMarch 1, 1874; 145 years ago (1874-03-01)
Location60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio, 44326
BranchesMain Library + 18 branches
Size5 million (2017)
Access and use
Circulation4.6 million (2017)[1]
Population served377,588 (2017)[1]
Members303,290 (2017)[1]
Other information
Budget$31,502,241 (2017)[2]
DirectorPamela Hickson-Stevenson (2018)[3]


Main Library HistoryEdit

In January 1874, the Akron City Council established an ordinance to provide a free public library for Akron. On March 1, 1874, the library, known then as the Akron Public Library, started on the second floor of the Masonic Temple that was located on the corner of South Howard Street and East Mill Street. In October 1898, the recently established public library moved from the Masonic Temple to the second floor of the Everett Building on East Market Street and North Main Street. The library grew rapidly and in August 1904, it moved to a new building funded by steel baron Andrew Carnegie who, in his retirement, provided funding for the building of 1,689 Carnegie libraries in the United States. The building, positioned at the corner of East Market Street and South High Street, is currently occupied by Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC. The library occupied this building until 1942 when its growing collection necessitated a move to larger quarters in the former Akron Beacon Journal building located at the corner of East Market Street and Summit Street. As early as 1958, Library officials began discussions regarding the need for a new Main Library. Library Director Russell Munn felt strongly that this new building should be located on South Main Street. In 1962, a bond issue was legislated that would provide $3 million for the construction of the new library. Ground was broken on September 15, 1965, and the doors opened on March 24, 1969. In 1990, the name of the library was changed from the Akron Public Library to the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Changing technology and expanding services to a growing population necessitated an expanded Main Library. In 1996, library officials began to plan for a new building to serve our community. Discussions took place about relocating the library, but the final decision was to remain at its present location and expand. Due to the nature of the expansion, all materials and staff were relocated to a temporary location. In May 2001, Main Library closed its doors and began the move to a former DYI store on East Tallmadge Avenue. For more than three years Main Library operated from this facility until October 10, 2004, when the newly renovated and expanded 300,000 square feet (27,870.912 square meters) Main Library on South High Street and South Main Street reopened its doors to the community.[7]

Branch HistoryEdit

East Branch Library (now the Goodyear Branch Library), the first branch library to have its own building, was constructed in 1939. Prior to that, branch libraries were in locations as diverse as the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company’s recreational hall, a department store, a church, and a local school. Most of the branch libraries were either replaced or underwent extensive renovations between 1999 and 2008 to accommodate the growing needs of current residents throughout Summit County.

The library has a history of supporting local artists by acquiring and installing their works at Main Library and all branches. As renovations took place, local artists were commissioned to create works of art that were designed and installed specifically at Main Library and each branch.

Teen Services throughout the system offer study resources, educational support and a wide range of activities for youth. Over the years, a wide variety of children’s programming has emerged throughout the system. Special attention has been paid to developing a Children’s Library at Main, with a Resources for Early Childhood Educators Center (RECE) Lab. Caregivers and educators make use of a Lab and its equipment, and materials geared to assist in the education of young children. The library also takes a lead role with This City Reads in addressing literacy issues and providing access to technology, computer programs and electronic services while collaborating with school districts and home schooling associations throughout Summit County.

Bookmobile HistoryEdit

The library’s outreach services began in 1946, with bookmobile service to rural communities. Today, the Mobile Services department continues to extend library services beyond library buildings to children and adults in a number of different settings. Two bookmobiles visit schools, daycare centers, Head Start programs, and neighborhoods during the school year and in the summer. A van serves many senior citizens’ housing facilities and apartments using carts of materials brought inside to residents. Nursing homes and other residential facilities receive monthly deliveries of library materials. Mobile Services supports two libraries at the Summit County Jail and provides regular service to other correctional facilities for both adults and children. The Library Express Delivery Service (LEDS) provides library materials to the homebound via U.S. Postal Service. Postage is paid both ways by the Library.

Main LibraryEdit

The Main Library is located at 60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio, 44326

Akron Art LibraryEdit

The Akron Art Library is located on the Second Floor of the Main Library at 60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio, 44326. The Akron Art Library is a project of the Akron Art Museum in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library.[8][9]

Mobile ServicesEdit

Mobile Services is located on the Lower Floor of the Main Library at 60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio, 44326


The Akron-Summit County Public Library has 18 branch libraries located throughout the city of Akron and Summit County:

  1. Ellet Branch Library: 2470 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio, 44312
  2. Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library: 3101 Smith Road, Akron, Ohio, 44333
  3. Firestone Park Branch Library: 1486 Aster Avenue, Akron, Ohio, 44301
  4. Goodyear Branch Library: 60 Goodyear Boulevard, Akron, Ohio, 44305
  5. Green Branch Library: 4046 Massillon Road, Uniontown, Ohio, 44685
  6. Highland Square Branch Library: 807 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio, 44303
  7. Kenmore Branch Library: 969 Kenmore Boulevard, Akron, Ohio, 44314
  8. Maple Valley Branch Library: 1187 Copley Road, Akron, Ohio, 44320
  9. Mogadore Branch Library: 144 South Cleveland Avenue, Mogadore, Ohio, 44260
  10. Nordonia Hills Branch Library: 9458 Olde Eight Road, Northfield, Ohio, 44067
  11. North Hill Branch Library: 183 East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue, Akron, Ohio, 44310
  12. Northwest Akron Branch Library: 1720 Shatto Avenue, Akron, Ohio, 44313
  13. Norton Branch Library: 3930 South Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton, Ohio, 44203
  14. Odom Boulevard Branch Library: 600 Vernon Odom Boulevard, Akron, Ohio, 44307
  15. Portage Lakes Branch Library: 4261 Manchester Road, Akron, Ohio, 44319
  16. Richfield Branch Library: 3761 South Grant Street, Richfield, Ohio, 44286
  17. Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library: 1500 Canton Road Suite 360, Lakemore, Ohio, 44312[10]
  18. Tallmadge Branch Library: 90 Community Road, Tallmadge, Ohio, 44278

Service AreaEdit

The Akron-Summit County Public Library system serves Akron, Ohio and most of Summit County except for Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Peninsula, Stow & Munroe Falls, and Twinsburg which have their own library systems.


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  3. ^ "Pamela Hickson-Stevenson Named New Library Director". Akron-Summit County Public Library. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Akron library's deputy director to fill in as interim director, search for permanent leader ongoing". Akron-Summit County Public Library. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Akron Art Library". Akron-Summit County Public Library. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Akron Art Library". Akron Art Museum. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
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  8. ^ "Akron Art Library". Akron-Summit County Public Library. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Akron Art Library". Akron Art Museum. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "The New Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library". Akron-Summit County Public Library. Retrieved February 20, 2018.

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