But the library, free and open, is already an exemplar of democracy at its healthiest and best, of society making its finest things available to all. Climbing the library steps, passing the lions, rising up to the reading room where anyone can ask for books, enshrines, architecturally, the pursuit of enlightenment. Inspiring more people to reach those heights is the library’s loftiest mission. Peddling “democracy” as if it were a popularity contest is what “American Idol” does.
"In Renderings for a Library Landmark, Stacks of Questions, Still." The NY Times
About 67 percent of libraries nationally offer access to e-books, up 12 percent from two years ago, according to the American Library Association.