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, 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.
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.