It no longer makes sense to house books and books of material that is instantly accessible to the vast majority of the population with one touch of their tablet or phone. Today, for the most part, libraries are the new Blockbuster video store, in which scores of people check out movies and music for free, then take them home and (illegally) upload them to their home computers. I can attest that the vast majority of patrons at Milwaukee Public Libraries are there not to enrich their knowledge, but to entertain themselves at taxpayers expense. For low income folks that still need the library, it would actually be cheaper if we bought each of them a tablet. And...Gave out free subscriptions to Netflix and Spotify and we would still save money
Expanding children's museums with more interactive exhibits and more programs. Perhaps have a wing of the museum where digital media can be check out and a few internet kiosks. Brick and mortar building to house paper books is no longer cost efficient. Most books you can obtain through Amazon for $4 (shipping cost);
I agree with your statement bigdave, libraries are a collection point of knowledge and preserving history. And besides that, there are many low income families who cannot afford home internet, so they must go to a library to use their computers.
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Libraries are the collection point of knowledge. Libraries are not obsolete. Perhaps the idea some people have of what a constitutes a library is what is obsolete. Just as cassette tapes were replaced by compacts discs and then by streaming audio, the make up of the library collection will change, but the library concept will never be obsolete.