There is a huge chick lit section, enormous quantities of 'celeb' biographies and as many cookery books as one could ever imagine. Yet there is not one modern classic kind librarian said she could order them in! I am stuggling to comprehend how it can call itself a library.
Maybe the demographic? Ours is very, very small, and has little that I want to read, and dd probably has more books in her bedroom than there are in the childrens section.
But, you can get the library catalogue online and order books for free over the internet, so I just order a selection for me & for dd every few weeks. I know the same is true in my parents library in Northants (we are in west Wales), so it might be the same for you?
Ours used to be £1 a book until very recently, they just abolished the charges - fingers crossed it is a nationwide trend!
I think it is fair enough - I was very happy to pay for a reservation when we had a reasonable sized library, but ours here is so small that you're bound to read all the books you're interested in within a few weeks (for example, I think they have five poetry books).