Libraries Cuts = Budget Fixes
It seems that, no matter what, public services like libraries, museums, parks and the like are the first to suffer and the hardest hit during budgetary crises. And since we are a nation wracked with deficit after deficit from town to town, we are seeing many, many of these arts, culture and recreation centers shutting their doors. As pointed out by this LA Times article, closing a library will not only cut off access to books but also access to the internet for the low-income users who make use of public computers at library branches.
While the role of libraries has certainly changed over the last few decades, it’s important to remember that these facilities are an important part of any community - town, city, college campus - as they represent a dedicated space for retrieving knowledge no matter what form it takes.