I think they are absolutely ESSENTIAL.
I absolutely HATE television - there is so precious little value ever conveyed through the idiot box.
Libraries are quite different!!! Oh how I loved to go to the old library on the town square when I was a child!!!! I'd get in there and start looking at books about animals and far away places, and my Mother would have to pry me away to get me to leave!
I think Libraries are better than schools. Once a child learns to read and write well enough - he or she no longer needs state sponsored indoctrination via public schools, all the child needs is the will to learn, and a library!