Frequent questions about our services

Stark Library offers many free services to inform and transform the community. Find a brief overview below, or contact us via live chat, send us an email, or call 330.452.0665.

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.

 

Book Clubs

Stark Library offers book clubs at all of our locations for a variety of topics and all ages. The discussions are thoughtful and engaging. We invite you to join in the conversation!

For a listing of our upcoming book clubs, scroll down the page.

Want to host your own?

We offer book club kits for people who would like to host their own book discussion groups. Each kit includes multiple copies of the book, the author's biography, a book review, and a set of discussion questions.

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Upcoming Book Clubs

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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 , a collaborative workspace with the equipment & technology you need for successful business meetings or technology training.

NEW: Reserve your meeting rooms online

Meeting Room Booking

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

See our Employment Opportunities page for an up-to-date listing of job openings.

Volunteer opportunities are available at many library locations. Please download and fill out the Volunteer Application and return it to:

Stark Library
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.

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.

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 Explore 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. Preloaded e-readers are available to borrow for 2 weeks at a time with a valid Stark Library card. See Circulating E-Reader Terms and Circulating E-Reader Procedures for further information.

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.

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