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    YOU ARE
    INVITED!

    Our Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library will officially open to the public Monday, February 19. Read our latest article on the community reception and branch opening.

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    AFRICAN-AMERICAN
    HISTORY & CULTURE

    A time to learn and to celebrate at a program near you!

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    2018 ALA
    YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS

    The American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards have just been announced. Check out our collection of these award winning titles.

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    RECE LAB
    FOR TEACHERS

    Resources for Early Childhood Educators provides a Lab housed at Main Library and collections of teacher resources housed at all 17 branches and Main Library for teachers to borrow.

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    GET YOUR
    PASSPORT HERE

    We make it easier to plan your next trip! Passport Services (including passport photos) are available through the Library. Learn more about this convenient service.

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    GET STARTED PLANNING
    YOUR NEXT TRIP!

    With so much information available, planning your next adventure can be difficult. Check out this list of Library books to help make your decision today.

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    10 YEARS OF
    SUMMIT MEMORY

    Launched in November 2007, Summit Memory is celebrating 10 years of sharing Summit County history through promoting local history collections, digitally.

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    WANT TO
    PLAY A GAME?

    Are you looking to play cards or board games? These programs are for you!

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    NOW PLAYING AT A
    LIBRARY NEAR YOU

    Looking for something to do? Come join us for a movie at the library!

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NEW & NOTABLE

Browse bestsellers, movies, music and other titles just added to the library catalog! Formerly known as “Featured Item Lists”.

New & Notable

DATABASES

Research? We have you covered! Select any of our web-based reference databases for all of your research needs.

Databases by Subject or Databases A-Z

DIGITAL MEDIA

Borrow free TV shows, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and music with your ASCPL library card.

Digital Media

Library News

IMAGE New Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library Will Open February 19; Community Invited To Preview
Article Published: February 05, 2018
The new Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library will officially open to the public Monday, February 19, at noon in the... Read More...
IMAGE 10 Years of Summit Memory
Article Published: January 23, 2018
Summit Memory has officially marked 10 years of sharing Summit County’s history, digitally. Since the beginning, Summit... Read More...
IMAGE 11th Annual Family Reading Festival
Article Published: January 12, 2018
Enjoy live music featuring Jim Gill; an amazing animal show with Outback Ray, the fascinating creations of the Bubble Lady,... Read More...

OnlineChat

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Akron Library mobile app and take it with you wherever you go.

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Locations & Hours


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Main Library

60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326
330.643.9000

Monday: 10 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Drive-Up Window closes ten minutes before the building closes for the day

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View the Solar Eclipse at Main Library, Highland Square and Goodyear branches

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North American will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, the first in the continental US in 38 years. Akron will experience about 85% of the sun being covered, or “eclipsed,” by the moon in the middle of the day!

Join the fun with your friends and neighbors at special eclipse viewing events at Main Library and at Highland Square and Goodyear branches. We’ll have eclipse glasses available to event-goers who want to safely look at the sun during the eclipse. (Unfortunately, we do not have glasses to give out beforehand.)

UPDATE:

Due to the overwhelming interest in this program we are no longing taking registrations and cannot guarantee anyone who is not registered will receive eclipse-viewing glasses.

However, we will have pin-hole viewers, a telescope (courtesy of the Akron Astronomy Club) and other experiments and ways for you to interact with this rare event. We can't wait!

Member of the Astronomy Club of Akron will be at Main Library with special telescopes to safely view the eclipse. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eclipse safety

Being outdoors during an eclipse is no more dangerous than being outdoors at any other time – you would not look directly at the sun any time, so you will not look directly at the sun as it is being eclipsed. NASA has lots of great eclipse safety tips to check out before you go to view the eclipse.

There are lots of fake eclipse viewing glasses for sale, so The American Astronomical Society created this sheet to determine if your eclipse viewing glasses will provide enough eye protection. One way to tell if the solar filter or eclipse glasses you plan to use will be safe, according to the AAS is

“…you shouldn't be able to see anything through a safe solar filter except the Sun itself or something comparably bright, such as the Sun reflected in a mirror, … a bright halogen light bulb, a bright-white LED flashlight (including the one on your smartphone), or an arc-welder's torch. All such sources should appear quite dim through a solar viewer. If you can see lights of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer … it’s no good.”

No glasses? No problem

Locating a reputable seller of eclipse glasses may be difficult by now. Many places are sold out. You can still enjoy the phenomenal astronomical event of the solar eclipse event without glasses – try making a pinhole viewer, or check out some of these other ideas from the Exploratorium.

Schedule

12-1 pm - Eclipse information, safety discussion, and eclipse glasses distribution (Main Library only).

1:07 pm - Eclipse begins.

2:31 pm - Eclipse reaches maximum coverage.

3:52 pm - Eclipse ends.

Event Flyer

Click the image below and download the event flyer PDF.

Eclipse Flyer