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Student Resources: About the Library

Welcome to the University Libraries! We have many services and resources to help you succeed.

University Library Locations

University Libraries includes:

  • Bierce Library
  • Science and Technology Library (located in Auburn Science Center) CLOSED
  • Audio-Visual Services
  • Distance Learning
  • Design and Development Services
  • Archival Collections
  • Computer Based Assessment and Evaluation
  • The University of Akron Press

Bierce Library

Welcome to your main campus library! This guide is designed to educate UA students about the library and its resources.

Some information about the Bierce Library:

  • The library is named for Lucius Verus Bierce, lawyer, military general, state senator, and five-term mayor of Akron. 
  • The nucleus of the library was established around 1872 with many volumes donated from Bierce's personal book collection. Our collection now includes nearly 800,000 physical items as well as more than 330 research databases with access to millions of journal articles, ebooks, and streaming videos.
  • The current building opened in 1972. It was renovated most recently in 2011.
  • Inside you'll find 4 floors with lots of group and private study space, computer workstations including PCs and Macs, as well as a Starbucks and Makerstudio.

Librarians Can Help

Need help finding and evaluating sources? Having trouble citing in MLA or APA? Schedule a Research Consultation for expert librarian assistance!


University Libraries strives to provide multiple means of engagement, multiple means of action and expression, and multiple means of representation for all patrons. University Libraries is committed to producing, evaluating, selecting and acquiring, whenever possible, resources, content, services, programs, facilities, and technologies that are accessible to all and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and Section 508, as amended, of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.