Though the author here is talking about one's personal library as well as bigger libraries, Publishers weekly recently reported on a poll showing the public still views the library favorably and that the majority of those 16 and over have utilized a library in the past year. They wrote:
"More than half of all Americans 16 and over used a public library in the past year, either in person or via the Web, according to a survey report on library use released this week by the Pew Research Center. The survey also found that Americans continue to view public libraries as vital to their communities some 77% say that public libraries provide them with the resources they need, and 66% say the closing of their local public library would have a major impact on their community."
Book readership and publishing revenue dipping lately