I can afford to buy books now.
When I was a kid, I could not afford to buy books. Also, they were in short supply: paper for them had been severely rationed post WW2.
All the 'Just William' stories, all the books on camping, woodcraft and survival. The stories of the explorers: La Salle of The Mississippi and such like. The science texts. The books which influenced my first career choice (engineering) I even recall them getting me an 'inter-library loan', all the way from Texas!
None of these, am I likely to have had access to without the Carnegie Library, at Ashton in Makerfield!
If they close it, I think that they should be made to reimburse the Carnegie Endowment, so that its benefit can be re-circulated to benefit those who would appreciate it.