The Main Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library opened in 2004. It has more than a million visitors each year. It features subject divisions on Business and Government, Culture and AV, Magazines and Newspapers, Science and Technology, Special Collections which includes local history, Teen and a Children’s Library.
The library offers a multitude of special services, computer
and Wi-Fi access, training classes and business services. There is a 425-seat
auditorium, public meeting rooms and a used bookstore. In addition, there is an
outdoor amphitheater and landscape park as part of the complex. A city-owned
parking garage is connected by an interior glass block walkway.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library also offers mobile
services and has 17 branch locations throughout the county. The Main Library is
270,000 square feet and provides access to nearly 2 million items.
The original building was built in the 1960s. It was
renovated and expanded thanks to a bond issue to develop and expand libraries
in the county. Richard Fleischman and Partners Architects was charged to lead
the project. They worked on the existing site and left the former building with
nothing but the concrete frame. An additional 160,000 square feet was added. The
new structure wrapped around the existing structure in seamless fashion.