Not in my neck of the woods they're not. I can look up information on the internet, but that doesn't replace actual physical books for me or my children. We visit the library weekly to borrow new books and participate in various community programs they have going on there.
They are becoming endangered certainly.... lack of funding means that smaller libraries are having to close or combine and only big cities still seem to have libraries.
I haven't borrowed a book from one in years, it's so cheap and easy to buy books now that I can't think why I would want to have a borrowed book rather than a clean new one of my own to keep for as long as I want it!
Ah, must be different here in Europe - I reckon to spend no more than £4 on a paperback, which is slightly less than AUS$8 I think. And if you shop canny, then it's possible to get them for even less. Nearly all my Kindle books were free!
It is very different from Europe. Australians pay more for a few things, books and music among them. E-books obtained legally are more expensive for us too. If you compare Amazon.com with their .au store the prices are higher for us even when you take the exchange rate into account. I do get a lot of books for free though, for review purposes for www.acomfychair.com.
I just rejoined the library because I found out I can borrow ebooks and magazines on my iPad! If libraries better publicised this kind of info they may save themselves from extinction as who doesn't like free things to read?!
Libraries Extinct,no - never.
Reading and holding a book in your grasp can never be replaced even by eBooks.
Books are things of beauty and nothing looks nicer than a bookcase full of books.
I personally prefer books on factual rather than fiction although enjoy some older Sci-Fi books and classics like Alice in Wonderland,, Journey to the centre of the Earth, Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes an many more.
Such classics and more yet to be written.
Libraries are a great place to sit quietly and read and of course learn
I'm studying this very course and a couple of assignments have delved into this issue. As long as there are people out there unable to afford internet costs at home (my mother is one) there will always be a place for libraries with access as nowadays, that's the only way to apply for jobs and do so many other things.
I hope the answer is no because life without libraries would be very sad. However, where I live they have closed some of the suburban ones down so you have to go to the central one, which is new. I am not sure if the mobile library is still running either. I noticed that when Harry Potter came out, reading surged. Thank you, J.K. Rowling. There are some really good authors keeping kids reading, so I hope libraries will never vanish.