Strategic Plan

Our Mission: 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.

Our Vision: 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.

Overarching Strategic Intent

To implement strategies that directly support the mission of the Library and enable our staff as we deliver service excellence, lifelong learning and enrichment to all who use our resources and programs.

The strategic intent represents the overarching philosophy associated with how the strategic priorities will be executed and will ensure all the processes, systems, structures and staffing will consistently reinforce a defined ASCPL Experience to all who interact with the Library.

This serves as a “thread” that connects all of the areas of strategic focus. To address this strategic intent, the Library will define the desired ASCPL experience which will then be incorporated into the development and implementation of the strategic goals.

Overarching Areas of Focus

The Library Board of Trustees adopted five strategic areas of focus and their defined priorities in 2018 to support the “core” strategic intent of the ASCPL Strategic Plan. 

  • Culture and Human Capital:
    • Foster a culture and work environment that engages, develops and inspires our staff.
  • Operational Excellence:
    • Demonstrate operational excellence in the delivery of our services.
  • Collections, Programs and Services:
    • Advance literacy, workforce development, life enrichment and lifelong learning through our relevant and vibrant collections, programs and services.
  • Marketing:
    • Leverage, promote and consistently demonstrate the value of our Library to our communities.
  • Outreach and Community Engagement:
    • Deliver exceptional and highly valued outreach and community engagement.


The Akron-Summit County Public Library is comprised of Main Library in downtown Akron, 18 branch locations in the City of Akron and in Summit County, two bookmobiles, and a van that provides cart-based service to lobbies of residential buildings. Main Library is the home of the administrative offices. The Library provides access to nearly 2 million items in its collection and, through the SearchOhio and OhioLINK consortia, to more than 75 million items in the collections of member public libraries and Ohio's college and university libraries.

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Library Statistics 2018

Population of Legal Service Area: 377,588
Visitors to library facilities: 2.2 million
Registered borrowers: 318,163
Program/Meeting Attendance: 400,351
Items available: 2.4 million
Items borrowed: nearly 4.6 million

To review all of our current library statistics, download our 2019 Akron-Summit County Public Library Fact Sheet .


With the Main Library in downtown Akron, two bookmobiles, a Mobile Services van, and 18 branch locations throughout Summit County, the system has 22 physical public service outlets. Library locations annually are open more than 50,000 hours, which includes nearly 50 Mobile Services stops per week.

Main Library: 270,000 sq ft.
Typical branch size:12,000 sq. ft.
Total square feet for Main and Branch Libraries: 446,807

The Library provides numerous community spaces, including a 425-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, and computer training labs at Main Library. Branch library meeting rooms are available for use by non-profit and community groups.

Innovative Programs & Services at a Glance

  • Our TechZone@Main, the Library’s Makerspace, has the following equipment for use by the public: laser engraver, vinyl printer/cutter, 3-D printer, button maker, audio-video transfer station, sewing machine, heat press, and photo studio in-a-box. Additionally, the space provides audio recording studios, green screen, and digital media training.
  • Our Microbusiness Center provides accessible business training, educational resources, and individualized direction to entrepreneurs, students, and established business owners. The Microbusiness Center also offers co-working space to contemplate, cultivate, or expand a business or business idea.
  • We’ve partnered with the national organization, Girls Who Code, to offer a weekly coding program for girls in grades 6-12. The group includes participants from the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School, who adopted the weekly program as an after-school enrichment activity. The girls have been working through the Girls Who Code curriculum to create individual projects incorporating Raspberry Pi and LED lights.
  • Our Kitchen Tool Collection contains common and niche items, tools necessary to try new and adventurous dishes, as well as tools for everyday use. The tools can be checked out for two weeks with an Akron-Summit County Public Library card.
  • Our library system is the first in the country to be designated as a sensory-inclusive space for those on the autism spectrum and those with dementia, PTSD, and other related conditions. Visiting the library is now a better experience for all of its customers, including those with sensory-processing needs, thanks to a collaboration with KultureCity.
  • provides live online tutoring for students and adults with an Akron-Summit County Public Library card. offers homework help and test preparation for students of all ages as well as career assistance. This service is available daily from 3 to 11 pm.
  • offers library cardholders access to thousands of online courses and more than 250,000 video tutorials. Participants can enhance their business, software, technology, and creative skills with this online teaching tool.
  • STEM Kits equip classrooms with STEM materials covering topics such as Google Expeditions, Snap Circuits, magnetics, and robotics. (Thanks to a partnership with the Akron Public Schools, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and a grant from the EXL Center.