OH GOD THE SOUTH.
(Perhaps I should start every culture-shock post that way.)
I went to college in Ohio. Almost every college and university in the whole state is part of the OhioLink network, whereby Person A, in Podunk, Ohio, can have access to the full state-library system, plus obscure works on redwork embroidery residing in Bowling Green, for example. The public library system was also very, very good.
I then went to grad school in the northeast. While the public library was only so-so, it did have a relatively good selection. Also, Snooty U apparently had an enormous and undertapped request-to-purchase fund, because I requested probably a hundred trashy novels in six years (mystery, science fiction, and even, yes, trashy romance) and they bought every single one for me.
After that, I moved to Midwest Utopia. Its motto could be "Where we spend your tax dollars wisely on books, schools, and outdoor recreation." The library network was likewise very good, part of a several-county system, and they also bought a lot of new books, some of which I asked for.
The library here is part of no system whatsoever. The next county over's library is also not part of a system. Of the fifteen books I was planning to read next, and which are all non-obscure works of fiction, they have exactly zero. They don't even have a copy of "The Deed of Paksenarrion." (I had to explain to my spouse that this is one step up from not having "The Hobbit.")
Although I have, at N's excellent suggestion, joined Paperback Swap, I have several problems:
1) I have no spare paperbacks because I ditched them all while moving;
2) I read really, really fast;
3) I read a lot;
4) I cannot possibly afford to buy enough books, new or used, to amuse myself. (On average, I read a book every 1.25 days.)
To cap it off, this library possesses no "Request to Purchase" form on its website, though it does have a "Request to Withdraw from Circulation" form online. And that, right there, tells you all you need to know.