The Library was originally organized in 1874 as the Akron Free Library. It has served this community for 140 years.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library provides resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library is recognized locally as an essential community asset and nationally as one of the finest public libraries in the United States due to its excellent customer service, collaborative community involvement, and high level of customer and employee satisfaction.
Population of Legal Service Area
285,000 Library Cardholders
Main Library, 17 Branch Libraries, 2 Bookmobiles
You can find your local branch location and hours HERE
1.9 million items (Books, CDs, DVDs)
60 million items available via SearchOhio lending consortium
5 million items borrowed
2.8 million visits to library buildings
Hosts over 10,000 programs and meetings
280,000 program attendance
770,000 logins to library computers
580,000 connections to WiFi network
State of Ohio Public Library Fund $10.7 million
Local 1.4 mill Property Tax Levy $11.0 million
Other Revenue .6 million
Total $22.3 million
2014 Operating Budget: $24.3 million
385 Employees (290 FTEs)
Find out more about library services HERE
Recognized each year since 2009 as a Star Library by Library Journal LJ Index of Public Library Service
(258 rated as Star Libraries out of 7,586 public libraries in U.S.)