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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

When requesting information please include in your phone message or email:

  • the health condition you are requesting information on 
  • the age of your child
  • the city/state you live in 
  • how you would like to receive the information 
    • email
    • U.S. mail - Please provide a full address
    • hospital room number

A librarian will contact you within 2 business days.

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.  Once there, choose "Tags" in the tool bar to view subject headings for easier searching of the collection.
  • 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 


Health Education Lesson Plan Kits

Health Education Kits are “lessons in a box” for teachers, scouts, church groups or anyone to use. These creative, hands-on kits contain multiple activities, children’s books, realia, DVD’s and more to teach kids about a variety of health topics. Call us to reserve a kit for your group.

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

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.