Should Provo continue to fund the Provo City Library?

Last I heard, the budget to maintain the Provo City Library was just over the $3 million mark. I get why library’s existed, I suppose I just don’t get why they exist in 2017.┬áThe biggest arguments I’ve heard on why we need a library:

  • A place for youth to participate in summer programs
  • A place for people to get away from distractions and study
  • A place for those who can’t afford a computer can use one along with the internet

Library’s used to be the way one would learn new information and discover more about the world. Now, just about everybody in America is a click away from that same information (and a TON more). So really, it seems like our tax dollars are catering to a very very small group of the population who absolutely need a library. So why are we still spending millions of dollars? The way I see it, Provo would benefit from one of two things:

  1. Downsize like crazy. You don’t need all of those books. The book snobs will of course flip out at this idea, but they can all afford to go buy/rent their own books. Yes, it sucks that you have to start paying for books, but we’re talking about saving a lot of taxpayer money.
  2. In terms of “need” I would agree that a citizen of Provo would greatly benefit from having access to the internet. Internet is becoming as critical as electricity and gas in a home. You could take a fraction of that budget and purchase a laptop for those who need one. With free internet from Google, they are set. You can do that for a heck of a lot cheaper than $3M+.

I know this question makes me seem like Uncle Scrooge, but I just don’t see why we are spending so much freaking money on such an outdated system in 2017. Provo is supposed to be a tech-savvy city, yet we continue to invest in the past.

Active User Asked on May 26, 2017
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