Main Library

Contact

Phone: 330.452.0665
Fax: 330.452.0403

Email: main@starklibrary.org
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Departments
Children's Services: 330.458.2641
Adult Services: 330.458.3155

Location

715 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44702
Directions: Maps and driving directions
Bus Route: Sarta Route 108
School District: Canton City School District

Features

Genealogy Services, extensive reference collections, original Stark County Probate Records, video games Collection, foreign language collections, foundations/grants collection, black oral history, Canton High School yearbooks, braille materials, Friends of the Library book store, technology center, McKinley meeting room, drive up window, Book Mark Cafe.

Main Library- Reserve DVDs & Video Games Online

Services

  • Drive-up Window
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Public Computers
  • Innovation Center & Meeting Rooms
  • Wireless Printing
  • Print, copy, scan, fax equipment
  • Free Public Notary
  • 24/7 Book Drop

History

Stark Library traces its roots to the Spread Eagle Tavern, owned by James W. Lathrop, who assembled a collection of 30 books in 1816. The library moved several times from those humble beginnings, officially becoming the Canton Public Library in 1884. It took up residence in the Carnegie building on 3rd Street South in 1905.  The Canton Public Library became the Stark County District Library in 1971, reflecting its service to much of Stark County.  The library moved into its current building in 1978, the site was once William McKinley's house, and was the scene of his 1896 front porch campaign for President of the United States. During the campaign, McKinley addressed about 750,000 people who came to his home in Canton. The building was renovated to reflect its current configuration in 2001.

Hours

Sunday Closed*
Monday 9am - 8pm
Tuesday 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

* All locations are closed on Sundays during summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Computers will log off 15 minutes before closing

Upcoming Closings

Labor Day, Monday, September 3
Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22

What's Happening

Aug 16
Story Time & More - Baby / Toddler / Preschool 9:30am-10:00am Introduce your child to the world of books while learning easy ways to build early literacy skills. Registration is required for a ... Read More
Aug 16
Story Time & More 11:00am-11:30am Story times open up the world of books, music, culture, and play to young children and their families. Registration is required fo ... Read More
Aug 18
Book Club 2:00pm-3:00pm Enjoy lively discussions with others on today's most intriguing books and topics. ... Read More
Aug 20
Young Moms' Club Baby Shower 6:00pm-8:00pm Parents and parents-to-be teenage to 25 years old, receive gently used baby necessities and books and learn about resources in our ... Read More
Aug 22
Knitting Club 10:00am-12:00pm Join fellow knitters and crocheters to work on current projects at all skill levels while sharing tips and tricks. ... Read More

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