Since letting those with money jump queues is as American as mom, apple pie, and establishing military bases in foreign countries, that might not really be an objection. In America, you get what you can afford, whether it’s education, health care, or safe living conditions.
Thus, the response to this objection might be, so you can’t pay $.25/day to read the latest bestseller? Why don’t you go get a job instead of hanging around the library all day?
And it’s not as if $.25/day was a lot of money. It’s only a fraction of what a lot of Americans pay for their lattes every day.
On the other hand, any fee barrier is inherently undemocratic, especially for an institution that prides itself on serving everyone equally.