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STEM Kits

The Akron Summit County Main Library in partnership with the Akron Public Schools and the Ohio STEM Learning Network is part of a grant from the EXL Center to place STEM materials in classrooms. 

  • Materials in the collection will circulate from the Science and Technology desk on the first floor of Main Library at 60 S. High St. Akron, Oh 44326. 
  • Returns must be made inside of Main Library.  Items are to be returned at the Science and Technology desk. 
  • Due to the size and fragile nature of these kits, they cannot be placed in the book drop or returned at the Drive-up window.

Item Limits, Loan Periods, and Fines

Item TypeItem LimitLoan PeriodFines (per day)
Stem Kit 3 14 days $10 and record blocked

These kits are available to teachers and home school parents only.  Proof of this status will be required each time a kit is borrowed.  For teachers, a school ID and photo ID or Akron Summit County Public Library card are required.  For home school parents proof of home school affiliation and photo ID or Akron Summit County Public Library card are required.  For University of Akron students who are student teaching a school ID with the designated sticker given to you at the beginning of your student teaching program.

Reserving STEM kits

Customers may reserve individual Kits by contacting the Science and Technology desk in person or by telephone.  A customer may have a maximum of 3 holds on STEM kits at any one time. STEM kits can be checked out for 2 weeks.  Reservation of these kits is done only by the Science and Technology Division so that we can schedule sets in advance.  Sets are in high demand so please plan ahead.   Please call 330-643-9075 to place a hold or to inquire about STEM kits.  A list of STEM Kits can be found in the Science and Technology Division at Main Library.  Or search STEM Kits in the library catalog to see a list of resources.

Renewing STEM kits

Due to the anticipated demand and the limited number of items, the STEM Kits cannot be renewed.

Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges will be suspended when the amount of unpaid fines reaches $10.00.  Late return of STEM kits will result in the patron’s record becoming blocked, which will include requesting and renewing of materials as well as use of a library computer.  Please call Science and Technology if you are unable to return items on time, 330-643-9075.

Teen Classroom Sets

If you are a middle or high school teacher who is planning to have an entire class read the same book, you may want to reserve a Teen Classroom Set. Each set consists of 35 copies of a popular title packaged in sturdy bags and checked out as a unit for 1-6 weeks.

Here are the lists of the current titles that we have in book sets:

Available Titles

Reservation Procedures

  • Sets are reserved through the Main Library Teen Department and can be picked up at any of our 18 locations.
  • There is a 2 set limit per teacher, and we are unable to take reservations on Sundays.
  • To reserve a Teen Classroom Set or ask a question, please contact the Teen Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330.643.9067.

Tax References

All participating library locations that were offering AARP tax preparation for this year have already been scheduled.

Below you will find other local tax prep options to consider:

The University of Akron - George W. Daverio School of Accountancy

College of Business Administration
259 South Broadway, Room 106
Akron, OH  44325 

Beginning: Saturday, February 3, 2018 and running through April 14, 2018
Days & Hours: Saturdays  9:00 am to 5:00 pm (People should arrive by 4:00 pm.)
Walk-ins, no appointments necessary. Income limit is $54,000.
(NOTE: No tax preparation services on March 31, 2018, because of Spring Break)

Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. 

670 West Exchange Street, Akron 44302
(Call 1.866.861.6401 for an appointment and location.)

Beginning Saturday, February 3, 2018
Open Lab:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm & Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
(This is for individuals who want to use MyFreeTaxes.com and utilize this web-based software to prepare/e-file their federal and state taxes at no cost.)
There will also be six “Super Saturday” events:

Super Saturdays (no appointment is needed - walk-ins only)
February 3, 2018 Saturday 9:00am to 3:00 pm ASCA - 670 West Exchange Street
February 10, 2018 Saturday 9:00am to 3:00 pm ASCA - 670 West Exchange Street
February 10, 2018 Saturday 9:00am to 5:00 pm University of Akron - 259 S Broadway
February 17, 2018 Saturday 9:00am to 3:00 pm ASCA - 670 West Exchange Street
February 17, 2018 Saturday 9:00am to 5:00 pm University of Akron - 259 S Broadway
February 24, 2018 Saturday 9:00am to 3:00 pm ASCA - 670 West Exchange Street

Open M

941 Princeton St, Akron, OH 44311
Call 330.434.0110 for appointment.

Beginning: February 1, 2018 through April 12, 2018
Appointments on Thursdays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Twinsburg Public Library

10050 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087
Call 330.425.4268 for appointment

Registration (in-person and by phone) for AARP tax help appointments begins Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Beginning Tuesday, February 6 and are held on Tuesdays & Wednesdays throughout the tax season.

United Way of Summit County

Call any of the following numbers in order to make an appointment and get the location:

211 (Summit County Info Line)
330.762.7601 and press “0” after recording begins
330.643.5508

Beginning: January 29, 2018 through April 15, 2018
Appointments are being offered Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon.

More Tax Information

There are numerous free options available for taxpayers to obtain tax products, tax preparation and assistance in filing their tax returns with forms and instructions available online. We've provided several links below for your convenience:

Borrower Services

The Akron-Summit County Public Library offers a variety of materials for loan. Books, magazines, music and books on CD, and DVDs are available at all library locations.

The Library also offers the following specialized lending services.

Information on borrowing limits, loan periods and fines is available on our Borrowing Library Materials page.

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