There’s a heated debate about public libraries over at Books, Inq, starting out with a post by Frank Wilson that links to Tim Coates’ mission statement for UK libraries (you can trace the links via the Books, Inq. post).
Go and have a look, and please comment — Frank has called for non-US readers to comment as most of the ding-dong is from within the US. Minx has done so — good comment, Minx. Susan Balee is the voice of wisdom and reason, as ever.