I agree that they are underfunded and undervalued. People really don't realize what a treasure libraries are.
There are people today in other countries who would give almost anything to have access to a public library that just has books. We get so much more, and its only pennies out of our property taxes.
I went to the library after work today. I got 4 dead tree books, 3 audio books (on CD, my car doesn't have a tape player) and only had to pay 75 cents because once again, I brought a book back late.
The self check-outs were down, and people were bitching and complaining about having to stand in line. Short lines, that moved fast.
Some people just don't know when they have it good.