Never mind the hoo-haa about charging for book borrowing as the priority for charging for library use.
The statutory requirement for libraries to purchase books on the passing whim (even of some potential non ratepayer) of minute social interest would reduce the burden enormously.
More importantly, libraries are now inundated with Teenagers and foreigners using the libraries for absolutely non-cultural purposes again largely by non-contributants.
I speak of course of the massive increase of use and cost of libraries created by computers. Online shopping, musical and video entertainment and social networking, casual e-mailing etc.
You pay a nominal sum for this service at home why should the authority pay. Moreover why has each authority been required to supply an absolutely parallel though often substandard local service