To me, public libraries are critical component to any community infrastructure. BUT, if not well-funded and MANAGED, they can easily be discounted as netting poor returns on investment.
Here in Las Vegas, we have some "pretty" libraries that paid some great architects but the base of books available is abysmal. When I lived in Wasilla, Alaska and was getting ready to move out of state after 8 years of accumulating tons of shit, I could not sell or even donate to the library $1000's of graphic design, art and photography books. They actually went into the dumpster. :(
When I lived in Salt Lake City, they had a great downtown library with a pretty good collection.
But, after reading this post - https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/10/a-photo-appreciation-of-libraries/573811/
It got me thinking how nowadays people my advanced age to 3 years old are easily conditioned just to ask "Ok Google - When did @Chris render the complete 'Baldy' look?" I think Amerika places minimal value in critical thinking - more about how to be the next Kardashian?