A Library With No Books? Hmm . . . . .

By Meera Dolasia on January 18, 2013

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How would you feel if you walked into your local public library and instead of hundreds of shelves laden with all kinds of exciting books, you encountered a modern interior that resembles an Apple store complete with aisles of computers and other electronic gadgets? That, is exactly the vision Nelson Wolff has for BiblioTech, a new kind of public library that is scheduled to open in San Antonio's Bexar County, in fall 2013.

The Texas judge says that while he loves physical books, he believes that it is time to bring the library system in the direction in which the world is rapidly heading - E-books!

So while the library will not have any physical books, it will have over 10,000 e-titles for patrons to browse through and even download onto their own e-readers. For those that do not yet have access to an iPad, Nook, Kindle or other e-reading device, there will be a total of 150 e-readers available to borrow, 50 of which, will be reserved for kids! In addition, the library will also feature 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets for people to enjoy, whilst there.

The number of books available will be added to annually, so that one day, the book selection at this hi-tech version can be as robust as the one found in a traditional library.

This is not the first time a complete public e-library has been considered. In 2002, Arizona's Tucson-Pima Public Library System was the first to open a small book-less branch - However, it was located in an area where most people did not have access to computers and after repeated requests from locals, the library succumbed and added physical books.

In 2011, the city of Newport Beach in California, tried to transform its existing library into a book-less one - But the public did not take it too well and the officials ultimately abandoned the idea. The one place it seems to be working really well is the University of Texas in Austin, where the students love having a library that contains only e-titles.

So are people ready for a book-less library? Only time will tell. But if it does work, the judge will be able to open similar libraries in many more locations in the county than he otherwise could - That's because thanks to smaller real-estate requirements, the cost of opening one is much lower than that for a normal library. What do you think of this idea? Would you be thrilled or upset if your local library decided to go the e-route? Be sure to let us know, by adding your comments below!

Resources: engadget.com,mysanantonio.com, gizmag.com

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  • DestroyerWednesday, October 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm
    I like reading but this makes zilch sence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • rickyWednesday, October 21, 2015 at 3:27 pm
      makes no sence at all!1
      • genius1326
        genius1326Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm
        That is fascinating, but I don't think it should be called a Library
        • 😀Monday, June 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm
          This does not make sense.
          • AnonymousThursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:03 am
            If that happens, I will die. SAVE THE BOOKS!!!
            • pandy123
              pandy123Monday, May 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm
              NOOOOO! I love to go to the library, and read books. I love reading books.
              • adam_read
                adam_readSunday, May 3, 2015 at 11:51 am
                Very bad idea! We have weird parents where I go to school that would want to delete words like "evolution" from all the books. How do you know a word or idea is missing if you never read the book before.
                • adam_read
                  adam_readSunday, May 3, 2015 at 11:34 am
                  This is a terrible idea. I have books in my house that my great great grandfather bought. My family bought the book once and we still use the same books. It is nice to touch and read something so old and from family long dead. If some one makes a virus and deletes all the books then it would be like the library of Alexandra burning down again. Welcome back to the dark age.
                  • NoneedformynameFriday, May 1, 2015 at 9:11 am
                    To be honest, I rather have books.
                    • jennisaur
                      jennisaurWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 1:38 pm
                      books are better
                      • pandy123
                        pandy123Monday, May 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm
                        • lol03
                          lol03Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:06 pm
                          Me too.
                        • felicisowl
                          felicisowlThursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm
                          This is strange because the library was "invented" to be a place for uh.. books? Even the synonym, athenaeum, suggests so (Athena, the goddess of wisdom, though that doesn't necessarily mean books). This kind of reminds me of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, but though it had quite a lot of electronics, it focused on old-timey, classic board games more than flatscreen TVs and computers. This is certainly a good idea if you look at it one way, since they ARE using e-books instead of using just video games and stuff like that.. and we are in a Golden Age of Technology.. but I do NOT want the old libraries to disappear - no. So maybe a few spots where the people are most populated would be okay though.
                          • jennisaur
                            jennisaurWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 1:40 pm
                            you had me when you started talking about greek mythology. and idont want the original ones to go away either

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