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

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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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  • skywatcher2140
    skywatcher2140Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 8:50 am
    Why the name “library” if there are no books?!?! Also, isn’t it unhealthy to stare at a computer screen for a long time? 🤔
    • bookfan2008
      bookfan2008Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7:56 am
      What?! So CRAZY! Why is it called a library then...
      • spaceycat
        spaceycatSaturday, June 13, 2020 at 8:44 pm
        NOOOOOOOO!! My sweet have 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😭😭😭😭😭😭 But really WHY IS THERE A LIBRARY WITHOUT BOOKS😠
        • iamgood
          iamgoodThursday, June 11, 2020 at 5:05 pm
          WHATS A LIBRARY WITHOUT BOOKS!!
          • c0okie
            c0okieThursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm
            What?! This is interesting. Wouldn't that be really bad for your eyes?? I mean, that's just my opinion and people in the comments seem to agree. If you disagree with me, you do you. I would be very upset if that happened to my local library.
            • effie302
              effie302Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:58 am
              What’s the point of having a library but with no books, I mean like.... THAT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE.
              • baseball14
                baseball14Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:17 am
                its called a library for a reason
                • hermionelove
                  hermioneloveTuesday, May 26, 2020 at 1:12 pm
                  I would be so upset. i love reading the old fashion way. plus what hapends if there is no WiFi or all the computers are taking.plus computers are more expensive
                  • effie302
                    effie302Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:59 am
                    I totally agree with you!
                  • animereina2020
                    animereina2020Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 7:28 pm
                    I like how they thought of this, but in my opinion wouldn't be the best thing to do... It is more healthier to read a book because looking at screens for too long can dry out your eyes😐 And also, sitting too long isn't great for you. Especially when you are not the public type of person and would prefer to actually read a book peacefully at home.
                    • animereina2020
                      animereina2020Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 7:31 pm
                      And also, what is a library without books? 😕 Might as well call it a tech-library👍 I really do like the way they are taking technology and putting it into libraries... I guess it is just to make it seem more fun to read, but still not healthy😵
                      • hermionelove
                        hermioneloveTuesday, May 26, 2020 at 1:14 pm
                        I totally agree with you animereina25. I MEAN WHAT IS A LIBRARY WITHOUT BOOKS!!😡😡😡
                        • effie302
                          effie302Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:00 am
                          Exactly plus there could be a lot of people out there that have not been to an actual public library ! You guys get what I’m trying to say, right?
                    • patches2009
                      patches2009Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:37 am
                      an E book would be cool