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 every day 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 Stark 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. During tax season, we even host free tax assistance through partnerships with trained experts in community organizations. For more information, see our Tax Assistance page.
Volunteer opportunities are available at many library locations. Please download and fill out the Volunteer Application and return it to:
Attn: Human Resources
715 Market Ave N
Canton, OH 44702
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, 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.
Stark 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 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 Smart Store Guide, our quarterly publication which lists all library events. Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our email newsletter 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.
Stark Library is funded by a combination of local and state tax dollars. Slightly more than 50% of revenue comes from a local property tax levy. Approximately 45% is from the State of Ohio Public Library Fund, and approximately 4% is from other sources.
Stark Library has 10 locations, 2 Bookmobiles, 2 Kidmobiles, and Outreach Service to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the homebound, providing access to over 1,200,00 items includes books, movies, music, and more. Our branches act as free meeting spaces for community organizations and small businesses. The Library provides valuable technology access and job training to all residents. Our bike-sharing network, BikeSmart, provides free bike rentals for errands or enjoyment to all in the community. Our librarians also host free events and activities to enrich patrons of all ages through education and entertainment.
Yes. Most Stark Library locations have proctors. A proctor is a staff member, usually a Librarian, who monitors a student while they take a test for an external institution (usually an online college). Each institution has their own requirements for who will qualify as a proctor, and frequently requirements include being a degreed Librarian.
To set up a proctoring session, begin by calling any location and asking for the branch manager, who can direct you to the proctor for that location. Typically either the branch manager or the proctor themselves will follow up to schedule a time to come to the library for your test, determine what conditions are required for test taking, and make arrangements with the institution to receive the test for the student.