The future library should have the resources to provide many more computer terminals than today, access to an even wider range of digital reference sources, more organised learning and group activities, courses to teach us how to find and use information; perhaps even hardware on loan. Imagine being able to check out an e-reader along with its contents. There should be plenty of old-fashioned paper books for people who prefer them. The library should be accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and social classes. And much, much more. Many of the facilities described in this dream vision are already provided in libraries around the world. We should encourage there to be many more.
So what can you do if your local library is threatened? See what's available there. Visit more often. Take your friends and your children. Join an adult education class. Look up professional journals to get a better grade for your next essay. Research the competition before you start up that business. Find out who your local political influencers are and write to them about your library. Start a campaign group. Make some noise about the library.
I'd like to thank Philip Bradley for the permission to use of one his excellent library posters.