The Portage Lakes Branch Library will be closed on Thursday, 9/28, for parking lot construction.
We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you soon.
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    CELEBRATE THE
    FREEDOM TO READ

    Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to express ideas. Check out our selection of these titles.

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    GET YOUR FREE
    LIBRARY CARD

    Libraries are family destinations that embrace every generation. Join the fun and get your library card today.

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    ACT
    TEST PREP

    With the right test preparation and practice, your student can turn in their best ACT scores. Learn how the library can assist you.

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    GETTING STARTED WITH
    MEDICARE

    Whether you’re new to Medicare or already enrolled, come to an informational program about what you need to know to get started.

    Medicare Programs 2017
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    EXPLORE
    THE UNKNOWN

    Have you seen, heard or believe something that is not explained? Several upcoming library programs will discuss these phenomena. How much of this is real? We’ll let you decide.

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    FALL
    BOOK SALES

    Gently used books, music, movies, and more available at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library.

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    NAVIGATING
    TODAY'S NEWS

    Spin, satire, fake, and plain old bad reporting? Join us at 6 pm on September 25 at Highland Square for a panel discussion on reading the news with a critical eye.

    News Roundtable Program
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    FREEING
    THE FALLS

    Join us as we examine the interwoven story of the gorge dam, the Cuyahoga River and Gorge Metro Park on September 25 at 6 pm - Main Library.

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    CALL FOR
    MAKERS!

    Apply today to be part of the 2017 Akron Mini Maker Faire. Applications can be submitted between September 11 - October 14.

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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

Late Openings for Akron Marathon
Article Published: September 21, 2017
The Akron Marathon will take place on Saturday, September 23 and both Main Library and Highland Square Branch will open at... Read More...
2017 Main Event Speaker Series Announced
Article Published: September 07, 2017
An author series featuring prominent voices from the worlds of literature, the arts, politics and journalism. The Main Event... Read More...
Portage Lakes Lot Construction
Article Published: August 28, 2017
Starting today, parking lot construction has begun at Portage Lakes Branch Library. Read More...

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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