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The Library offers a variety of services and resources for educators, parents, and students. Whether you are looking for a book recommendation, digital audiobooks or eBooks to download, print materials such as books and magazines to read, or tools to help with homework, we have the resources and staff to help you find what you’re looking for. With an Akron-Summit County Public Library card, you have access to many online and print resources to help make this school year a success.

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Getting a Library Card

  • Explore the Internet at our public computers or through our free WiFi, enjoy books, movies, music, magazines, and streaming media, and access research tools for schoolwork, test preparation, job searching and resume-building, and more.

    Library Card

Resources for Educators

  • Test Administration

    As a service to customers of the Akron-Summit County Public Library and area residents, the Library provides test administration services free of charge. Library employees will administer tests and examinations only according to the following guidelines and associated procedures. Please contact the Main Library Teen Department for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330.643.9067.

    Test Administration

  • The Early Childhood Resource Lab (RECE)

    The Early Childhood Resource Lab (RECE) is housed in the Children’s Library at Main Library. The Lab houses equipment for use by Teachers, Childcare Providers, Home School Families, and Education Students to create learning materials and other items.

    Early Childhood Resource Lab

  • Books in Boxes

    Each Books in Boxes set consists of 35 copies of one title, packed in a box and checked out as a unit. These sets are perfect for teachers, who would like multiple copies of the same book so that each student may have their own book to read independently.

    Books in Boxes

  • Teen Classroom Sets

    Check out classroom sets of 35 books for use in your classroom. There are titles appropriate for students Grades 6-12. Sets are bookable and may be borrowed for up to 6 weeks.

    Teen Classroom Sets

  • TechZone

    Public access computers and the Library’s makerspace are on the Main Library’s 1st floor in the TechZone. TechZone includes a laser engraver, vinyl printer, recording studios, and much more. For full details check here.



  • New & Notable

    Check back often to see what new titles have been added to our shelves including books, movies, and music for preschool through adult.

    New & Notable

  • Novelist

    Find read-alikes for those favorite books, and lists by genre and topic organized by age. You can also find Lexile and Accelerated Reader information for many titles. You will need a Library card to access this database.


Individualized Library Services

  • Ask A Librarian

    Don’t see a list of books or a single title that fits what you are looking for? Our Ask a Librarian service lets you email a request to the Library for a librarian to gather just what you seek.

    Ask A Librarian

  • Book A Librarian

    Is your search a little more in-depth or do you just need to speak with a librarian to figure out what resources will best meet your need? Our new Book A Librarian service will allow you to schedule a time to talk with a librarian and get that one-on-one help.

    Book A Librarian

  • Your Next 5 Reads

    Looking for that next great book? Try out our new service, Your Next 5 Reads. Fill out and submit the form online or download the PDF of the form , fill it out, and return it to your local Library branch location.

    Your Next 5 Reads

  • Dial-A-Story

    Dial-A-Story offers free pre-recorded stories, poems, riddles, and jokes read by your favorite ASCPL Staff. Call 234.274.4400 and choose the recording you would like to hear from the menu.


Research Tools & Homework Help

  • Databases

    Databases are digital collections of newspaper and magazine articles, books, and journals that offer reputable information on a variety of topics. These resources can be used for homework assignments, writing papers, and exploring interests.

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    Free online tutoring is available for students of all ages. Connect virtually with a real person to get homework help, submit a paper for review and editing help, or access ACT and SAT study guides and practice tests.  Available 12 pm-12 am daily.

  • Science Project Index

    Visit this online index, created by the Library’s Business, Government & Science Division, of science projects, experiments, and demonstrations.

    Science Project Index

  • Homework Help Topics

    Your librarians have assembled lists of the best websites covering a variety of topics—explore your interests or find help with homework.

    Homework Help

Digital Media

  • Overdrive

    Discover thousands of ebooks, digital magazines, and digital audiobooks for all ages.


  • Hoopla

    Gain access to ebooks, digital audiobooks, television shows, movies, and digital comics through Hoopla.


  • Kanopy

    Kanopy Kids provides access to popular and award-winning content for children.


  • Tumblebooks

    Provides access to hundreds of children’s digitized or animated ebooks, audiobooks, puzzles and games, and language learning books for children in preschool through grade school.


Contact Us

  • We have librarians at 18 branches and Main Library ready to help you and your students access our resources, WiFi, computers, and much more.

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