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Family Resource Center

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If you want information about a specific disease or condition, Akron Children's Family Resource Center can help you. Call 330-543-8180 or email your request to the center at family@akronchildrens.org.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Akron Children's Family Resource Center provides pediatric consumer health library services for patients, families, health professionals, service provider agencies and the community. Located off the Atrium Lobby at Akron Children’s Hospital, it is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Among the many services available through our Family Resource Center:

  • Lending library of over 1,500 health books and audiovisual materials; see many of the available items on our LibraryThing Catalog
  • Subscription to the National Organization of Rare Diseases database
  • Internet health information sources
  • Information delivered to patient rooms or sent by mail, fax, or email 
  • Librarian assistance with health information searches
  • Information on local support groups and community resources
  • Information packets and Internet resource lists on common conditions
  • Access to health information in other languages
  • The center has computers available so patient family members may:
  • Create and update a CaringBridge Web page
  • Access the NORD rare disease database 
  • Use Boardmaker software to create communication boards 

Searching for health information

Searching for health information on the web can lead to confusing results. MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, has created a webpage that teaches us how to search and then evaluate health information on the web:  Evaluating Health Information.

The center librarian is also available for group presentations on finding and evaluating Internet health information.

Call 330-543-8180, or email your request to the center at family@akronchildrens.org.

Our History

Akron Children's Family Resource Center honors Dr. Louis Lame, who was a well-respected pediatrician at Children’s Hospital. Upon his retirement in 1986, grateful patients and families established the Lame Fund as a tribute to his many years of devoted service. Contributions to the Lame Fund help keep the materials current.

Contact the Children's Hospital Foundation at 330-543-8340 if you would like to make a donation.