A year ago I watched The Ninth Gate once more, which enthused me on the topic of occult. I got an 'itch' for reading more occult lore, and inspired by the film's premise (a rare book dealer and a magical book), I went to the library.
My local public library is not big, but I had been missing out "big time". Not only did I find a book for my interest at the time, but I found new interests from other books displayed on the shelves. Also, they could order in books from different libraries in the area, or even buy books if they didn't have them in their system. In fact, they have bought two out of two of my requests.
At first that sounds normal in our day and age in the western world, but think twice.
It is a free public service, offering access to thousands of books and a place of peace to read them (or just relax). This sounds like an oasis at a time when exclusivity, complexity and paywalls are rising. Public libraries are a benefit to any local resident, regardless of their disposable income.
The diversity of the topics covered by the books available is unrivaled by other media. In the last year I have borrowed about 20 books and this is just the beginning. Public libraries -- what a treasure trove.
More: - Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming <https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-reading-daydreaming>