Bookless Public Library to “Look Like an Apple Store”
What’s a library without books, I hear you ask? Well, it’s not going to look like what we think of when we hear the word ‘library’, now is it?
The folks in Bexar County, Texas are going to find out first hand later this year, when the first bookless library branch, called BiblioTech, opens a prototype in San Antonio’s South Side. The plans for this have been in progress for a while now, with the planning group headed by bibliophile Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who was apparently inspired to introduce the project after reading Steve Jobs’ biography. And that’s not all it inspired.
If you want to get an idea what it looks like, go into an Apple store... It’s not a replacement for the (city) library system, it’s an enhancement... People are always going to want books, but we won’t be doing that in ours,” Wolff said.
In a bid to save money in these tough times, BiblioTech will be developed in buildings already owned by the County. The University of Texas in San Antonio has pioneered this sort of facility, already offering bookless collections; the students love it.
No public library system exists without physical books — BiblioTech won’t have a legacy of paper books, but will be designed to take advantage of new technologies available in the digital age.
I don’t know, maybe I’m getting old(er) but the idea of a library without books in it leaves me a bit cold. Sure I have a Kindle, but I still like ‘real’ books. How about you?
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