Borrower Services

Library of Things

Public libraries create collections of items to be used by everyone to pursue their interests, further their education, and provide entertainment. Sharing, conservation of resources and the idea that you don’t have to have everything you need in your home are key to the idea of a central collection that everyone can use. The Akron-Summit County Public Library has been adding to traditional library resources and currently has multiple Library of Things collections for you to borrow. Watch this page as more collections are added.

 Cake PansKitchen ToolsArt LibrarySTEM Kits
Loan Period 2 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks 2 weeks
Fine 10¢/day 10¢/day 50¢/day $10/day
Who can check this out? Adult only Adult only All Teachers and homeschool parents with ID
Holds  yes yes yes reservation
Branch Pickup  yes yes no no
Renewable  yes yes yes no
Return in Book Drop  no no no no
Return at Drive up window  yes no no no
Cleaning Fee $2 $5 $5 no
Limit per Card  2 2 1 3
Liability Statement  no yes no no

Clink on the links below to be taken to the Library Catalog for that collection where you can get more information, see pictures and place holds.

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

ASCPL Tax Prep Appointments have been filled for the 2018 tax season.


Local Tax Prep Options

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. We've provided several options below for your convenience:

United Way/Financial Empowerment Center (FEC)

Call 211 for appointments.

Community Action Akron Summit

Call 1-866-861-6401 for an appointment and location.

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

259 South Broadway, Room 106
Akron, OH  44325
330-972-7586

Walk-ins beginning Saturday, February 2, 2019 and running through April 13, 2019 between 9am - 5pm
(NOTE: No tax preparation services on March 30, 2019, because of Spring Break)

Open M

Call 330-434-0110 for appointments.


More Tax Information

Federal:

IRS: 1-800-829-1040  
Local IRS office: 330-319-9800   
Internal Revenue Service
IRS Forms and Publications

State:

Ohio Dept. of Taxation: 1-800-282-1780
Ohio Income Tax

Local:

City of Akron: 330-375-2290
Akron Income Tax