Originally Posted by Sydney's Mom
Isn't this the way the library works now? We pay property taxes, the librarians buy books, we check them out. We can request the librarian buy certain books, and in my experience, they listen. The only thing that is missing is the priority position. But there are so many books, I don't mind being on a waiting list. Frankly, ever since I could search online and reserve books (paper or ebooks) I have been using the library like I used to when I was 12!
I was referring to an ebook library. Most of the public libraries in US have partnership with overdrive or netlibrary, but many of those deals (our libraries in WI, for e.g.) do not include checking out books for offline reading. That, to me, is a major problem. As far as I know, neither netlibrary nor overdrive allow individual membership.
The "open library" will be useful to everyone on the planet (not just "local" people, as all paper libraries require)