Reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated
via a Gale newsletter.
"Data released today by the American Library Association (ALA) indicates that the number of visits to public libraries in the United States increased 61 percent
between 1994 and 2004.
According to the 2007 State of America's Libraries report, there were nearly two billion visits to U.S. libraries in fiscal year 2004 ...In the case of academic libraries, the number of visits exceeded more than one billion for the first time in 2004, up more than 14 percent in just the previous two years
Hah! Take that. (emphasis mine). And this is *in person* stuff.