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First bookless library

Jan - 15 - 2013
Nicole C. Engard

For years librarians have been trying to say that the library isn’t all about the books … and while I of course agree … I’m not sure I would go so far as to remove all books from the library – or in the case of San Antonio building a library without any books.

Books, who needs ‘em? Libraries? Not anymore they don’t. The first public, bookless library is coming to San Antonio soon and, possibly, to a (dystopic?) future near you.

The new book-free library, called “BiblioTech,” is intended to open in the fall and is part of a an entire bookless public library system planned for the entire county of Bexar. And it’s not “bring your own device” either. The library will actually lend out e-readers (of an unspecified brand) for two weeks at a time. There will also be computers and the like, but no books, and presumably no card catalog (!) either.

Read more on Gizmodo.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Amanda W says:

    I just wrote about this too. I personally don’t really get it, and think it’s more of an internet cafe than a library. I understand that everything is going digital, but libraries and books are still relevant and important.

  2. Dianna Roberts says:

    We may be turning into a bookless library later this year but without going digital. Our stock will be moving offsite while the librarians stay put. It’s going to be interesting to see how this works out!


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