[quote=“UNTRugby, post:10, topic:37712”]
Libraries can barely stay afloat with both private and public funding, relegating to private funding only will only quicken their demise. There are a few problems as we continue into the digital age. Seravee says it will take 50 years for physical books sales to dwindle, that is being extremely generous. Amazon had ebooks out sell physical books starting in 2011, Barnes & Nobles says ebooks out sell printed books at a 3 to 1 rate. The first major release DVD came out in 1996, passed VHS by 2000 and they stopped making movies on VHS by 2006. Libraries are becoming increasing futile, especially if ebooks fully replace physical ones, the US can set up an online national book library that any US citizen can borrow any book ever printed at any time. My local library in a pretty small town is only used for internet access and they now have funding to build a bigger library, I have no clue what they are going to do with the space. More computers I guess since I rarely see anyone checkout a book.
[/quote]Yeah, I think libraries the way we’ve known them are doomed. Our library volunteer program has a bookstore where it sells donated books very, very cheaply. I think that’s the most likely model in the future, a book exchange type thing where books are traded for coins. It’s been extremely successful. I usually double whatever the charge is to help support my local library, which I used a lot till I got my kindle. Now I’m thinking of boxing my bookshelves just for the space. If I have a hard copy of a book, I’d still rather read it on my kindle.
[quote=“Seravee, post:11, topic:37712”]
Libraries in general whether it be public, private, academic, medical or law.
What makes you say that?
[/quote]Public libraries = socialism. Why should you pay for my entertainment or enlightenment?
[quote=“Cactus_Jack, post:12, topic:37712”]
Libraries = socialism.Why should the government purchase books and maintain libraries using public money?Want to read a book? Buy it yourself.I must say, I find it curious to see libertarians and conservatives alike come out in favor of what is one of the clearest and most blatant examples of socialism. I guess socialism is OK when the government spends money on something you directly benefit from or enjoy.
[/quote]Why would you accuse libertarians of supporting publicly funded libraries? Yeah, I’ve always found it curious that my conservative friends and acquaintances vote for library tax levies even when they don’t use the local library, while I vote no on them all and do (or did) use the local public library.