It's a 60/40 split with 60 percent of Americans saying that they possess a library card (55 percent actually know where their card is). Ever since Benjamin Franklin established America's first free library in 1732, they have been integral to educating American citizens. With the Internet and other new technologies it is inevitable that the number of Americans using the system may drop. It will be a sad day if they become obsolete. They are the cultural centers of many towns and provide amazing opportunities and cost savings to millions of Americans.