Nymeth writes an interesting article/rant on her blog about the reason we still need libraries. She is actually going to school to be a librarian, so has a unique perspective.
Apparently, books in the UK are really cheap, so some people wonder why they need libraries. I can say, books in Canada and the US are NOT cheap. Libraries are necessary for those who love books, but can't afford to buy their own. Plus, libraries run all kinds of programs. Nymeth's details what I think a lot of us book-lovers would say about libraries. The link is below.