Library & Community

The new Fairlawn-Bath Branch replaces the McDowell Branch Library. The McDowell Branch had its roots in the Bath Branch which opened in 1964 in an old house on Ira Road. Bath Branch became part of the Akron system in April 1966. In 1967 the branch was expanded through renovation of a small barn behind the house called The Book Barn.
A new branch at the present location to serve Bath, Copley Township and Fairlawn Village was dedicated on December 12, 1971. It was named for C. Blake McDowell, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Akron-Summit County Public Library from 1932 until his retirement in 1976. The building won a Civic Design Award in May 1972. The 9,400 square foot building cost $411,400 for construction and $29,000 for land.

More on the history of the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library can be found here.

Current library statistics indicate that Fairlawn-Bath Branch in 2010 has 31,370 registered borrowers, circulated 485,204 items and has a collection size of 82,385 books and other materials.

We are open 6 days a week to meet your needs for education, information and recreation.

Our friendly, skilled staff includes a branch librarian and an adult services librarian, and three professional librarians to address the needs of children from infants through young adults. Our staff also includes public service assistants, and student assistants.

At Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library you can find:

  • A diverse collection in a variety of formats:
    • Books and other items. Because of community interest in these topics, our collection is particularly strong in the areas of business, travel, large print, cookbooks, adult and young adult materials and children’s magazines.
    • 139 different magazine titles.
    • Reference materials in CD-ROM format including World Book Encyclopedia.
    • Videotapes, DVDs and sound recordings.


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