About the Library

In January 1874, the Akron City Council passed an ordinance to create a free public library for the city. On February 27, 1874, the Board of Trustees of the newly-formed Akron Public Library met for the first time, with John R. Buchtel serving as the first Board President. The Akron Public Library officially opened to the public in a building at the corner of Mill and South Howard streets on March 1, 1874. A century later, in 1974, the Library became the Akron-Summit County Public Library, incorporating suburban branch libraries into its system.

Today, the Akron-Summit County Public Library's official service area includes the City of Akron and all of Summit County except for Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Peninsula, Stow-Munroe Falls, and Twinsburg, all of which are served by independent libraries. Anyone living, working, or attending school in Ohio is eligible to register for a free Akron-Summit County Public Library card.

Mission Statement

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.
Adopted: December 14, 2006

Vision Statement

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.
Adopted: December 14, 2006

Core Values


Striving for excellence in all we do


Providing service that is dynamic, responsive, and respectful of our customers, colleagues, and co-workers


Fostering life-long learning and individual enrichment


Operating with the highest level of honesty and respect for staff, community, and library resources

Innovative Thinking

Encouraging innovative thinking as a means for addressing needs and challenges in order to improve the library


Working together and listening to customers and staff


Embracing and respecting diversity in our community, collection, services, and staff


Actively engaging with our community to work towards a shared destiny

Adopted: December 14, 2006