I used to use my local library all the time when I was in school.
I even spent every lunchtime in my school's library. My friends and I were pupil librarians and we practically had the run of the whole library. And then, when I started University, the only library I had time for was the University library. And that wasn't an enjoyable experience.
However, last summer I started going to my local library again. (I then had to stop again when I got my job.) And unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed.
The availability sucks. I can deal with books I want that are already out on loan. It's the complete lack of decent books the library has on its system that gets to me.
All those months I went to the library last year and I never left with a book that was already on my TBR. I walked around that place looking at my Goodreads trying to find any book on that list. And I couldn't find any at all (except for the Classics).
To be honest, I never even found a book that was published in the last year in that library, or even from 2014.
Sure the library does get "new" books in every few months, but in reality, they aren't new releases. And often I've never even hear of the new books (not that that's necessarily a bad thing). Even the ebook collection available is abysmal.
I just want to be able to borrow the new release books that I'm desperate to read. I can't go on spending money on books.
If all libraries are like this, then it really isn't much of a surprise that so many are closing left right and centre.
So tell me, do you use your local library? And is availability up to scratch?