THE SMART STORE - Where Everything is FREE!

THE SMART STORE™ is an unexpected way of describing a library, but think about it. Doesn't it make perfect sense? You go to stores everyday to buy things to make your life better. Some of the things you buy are for pleasure, some are basic necessities like food and clothing, and still many are for your personal education and improvement. We all want to be SMART!

At the Stark County District Library, we believe you are constantly seeking to improve your life. That is our mission. To help our community ... start, stay and share SMART. And we do so for FREE!

Yes, the library does have tax forms and information. However, library employees are not permitted to answer any tax questions.

Yes, there are a wide variety of book clubs at our locations.

The library offers many programs and activities for children, teens, and adults.

Yes, there are meeting rooms available at various locations. Also, available at the main library is the Innovation Center, a collaborative workspace with the equipment & technology you need for successful business meetings or technology training.

Find schedules for the Bookmobiles and Kidmobiles on our Locations pages.

Employment Opportunities at the library are posted in our Contact Us section.  

Volunteer opportunities are available at many library locations.  Download the Volunteer Application from our Employment Opportunities page of this website.

Yes, for patron convenience, there is a book drop to return materials at all library locations. Except for the Perry Sippo Branch, all book drops are available 24 hours/7 days. Because Sippo Lake Park closes at 11:00 pm, Perry Sippo's book drop is not available overnight.

Yes, the Main, Jackson Township, Lake Community, and North branches have drive-up window service.

Yes, there is an online Educator's Resource service available.

The library is happy to accept donations of books, magazines, DVD's & CD's. Some items may be added to our collection depending on need while others will be added to our library booksales to help support the mission of the library.

Monetary gifts may be directed to the Stark County District Library Foundation which was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) corporation to raise funds and financially support and advance the mission and values of the Library. The Library's Strategic Plan provides a framework for library services worthy of the Foundation's financial support, especially literacy, programming, capital projects, and other service efforts.

To volunteer your time, please contact one of our Friends of the Library groups at most of our library locations.

Yes, you can register to vote at any library circulation desk.

Yes, you can register at any location.

The Stark County District Library encourages literacy on all levels through the circulation of our materials and library programming.  We make an exceptionally strong push for early literacy in our story times (search Story Times in our online Events Calendar, or find Story Times listed by Branch in our Stark Scene) and through the circulation of items such as children's books, puppets, and Kindergarten Readiness Packs.  

The library provides homebound services to customers by delivering customer requested materials to your home if you are located in our designated service area. Deliveries are every 4 weeks to your home. You may sign-up for the service by calling 330-458-2827. A library card application can be mailed to your address or an application can be part of your first visit.

There are special sections of this website devoted to news and programs. You can also pick up a copy of the library's Stark Scene, our tri-annual publication which lists all library events.  Friend us on Facebook and subscribe to our email newsletter (using the sign-up at the bottom of every website page) to find out up-to-the-minute information on library events and news.

Yes, the Main Library Friends of the Library run a gift store and monthly book sale at the Main Library.  Most branch locations offer used materials for sale as well. Search for Book Sales in our online Events Calendar to find sale times and locations.

The Stark County District Library is funded by a combination of state and local tax dollars.  Slightly more than 50% of revenue comes from the State of Ohio Public Library Fund.  Approximately 45% is from a local property tax levy, and approximately 4% is from fees and fines.

The Stark County District Library has 10 locations, 2 Bookmobiles, 2 Kidmobiles, and Outreach Service to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the homebound.  In addition, the library provides technology access to all residents. Its collection of 831,500 items includes books, movies, music, and more. And it provides programming which is free and open to the public. 

Yes. Pre-loaded e-readers are available to borrow for a time period of 2 weeks with a valid SCDL card. See Circulating E-Reader Terms and Circulating E-Reader Procedures for further information.

  • Tech Tuesdays

    Main Library

    SCDL Technology Trainers and IT Specialists present various technology "I didn't know you could do that" demonstrations at each session. Click here to see what we'll be talking about.

  • Smart Scene is here!

    Summer 2015 Program Guide

    The latest Smart Scene is here! Find fun and FREE activities at your library. Pick up a copy at your nearest SCDL location or read it online.

  • Minecraft Mondays

    Perry Sippo Branch

    Grades 4–8: Bring your device and join with others to build cool, new biomes in Minecraft worlds. Must have Minecraft app and WiFi enabled device. Click for dates and more information.

  • LEGO® Club

    Find one near you!

    Imagine, create and build with LEGO bricks, which will be provided. Find a LEGO® Club near you.


    Children and teens: Challenge yourself to reading 40 days in a row this summer, and win prizes and giveaways for your progress! Get more info here or at your favorite library.

  • BikeSmart

    Stark County's Bike Share Program

    Yes, it's true. Your Stark County District Library has bike's you can borrow FREE for all library cardholders.

  • Summer Concert Series

    at the Exploration Gateway

    Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and live music FREE at the Perry Sippo Branch and Exporation Gateway this summer.

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