Coming, as I do, from a rural area, I know how vital library links were/are.
We had a small library in our town, but what we all looked forward to was the arrival of a huge truck, bearing "new" books! The Community Library Service!
If you can imagine how a junkie might look forward to his next fix...
Long, long before people talked of such a concept as "artist books" I remember the CLS delivering a sort of diorama of library books. Dozens of miniature "books" on a board, set out to look like library shelves, right down to a librarian's date stamp pen! (You have to be my age to understand that!)
And this display was ours to look at, to ponder until the truck returned, 3 months [I think] later, to collect the books.
With all the current hyperbole about the internet replacing books...I don't buy it. Do you?