With the economic downturn, library use is up as much as 10% in some communities.
Unfortunately, in recent years library budgets have been slashed, leaving libraries stretched with fewer hours of operation, staffers, and materials for people to borrow.
Have these changes affected you? Let us know via votes and comments below.
"My mom has always taken me and my brother to the public library since we were little -- going there has just become a habit of ours."
- Tiana (12), NC
"I go to the library every Saturday. I love it there. I can't go any other time because of school."
- Michael, (16), FL
"I usually read are graphic novels and usually libraries don't have them -- but now my friends found a library nearby that has more graphic novels that i can read in a year. I usually get through four a week now."
- Brian (15), DE
"I already go to the library about once a week but now I'm getting more books I haven't read before instead of re-reading my favorites."
- Katy (15), NC
"Our library has already had a hang out spot which is very fun -- we can play games and hang out with our friends plus it gets us away from our parents for a couple of hours."
- Taylor (14), OH
"The library is a good place for me to get away from stress."
- Chris (17), OK
"I think that is good to have libraries like these because then it inspires people to go to the library more and helps out a lot of people by letting them do all of these things for free. It inspires me to go to the library more often too!"
- Costa (15), VA