Texas opens world’s first bookless library

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Bibliotech Texas
Whoa, the place is packed! I guess digital libraries are going to be popular to visit both online and in person.

Remember going to a library and leafing through pages and pages of books? Sure, some of them were creased and others had large stains (probably drool), but hey, there was such a variety of novels and texts to choose from!

Well, hold tight to those memories, because if the new library in Texas is a sign of the future, we’ll all be thumbing through computer screens soon enough. Welcome to BiblioTech, the world’s first truly bookless, all-electronic library.

BiblioTech officially opened on September 14, 2013 in San Antonio, and carries over 10,000 copies of e-books. The best part? You can visit the library from the comfort of your couch if you want!

“Our digital library is stored in the cloud, so you don’t have to come in to get a book,” said Laura Cole, BiblioTech’s special projects coordinator. “But we’re a traditional library in that the building itself is an important community space.” Even though citizens can skip a trip to BiblioTech by renting books online, something tells me the place will always be packed with avid readers!

Why is that? Because the 4,800-square-foot building looks like an electronic cartoon dreamland! The walls are painted a spunky bright orange and lined with plush, comfortable chairs. If children read for a few hours and want a quick break to stretch their sore legs, there’s a fun playroom to get wild in. As soon as they’re done burning energy, the kids can pick up 1 of the 45 iPads, 40 laptops, or 48 desktops to get their work finished with.

Wow, that does sound like the place to be for a nice study session and all, but what’s the point of this techy place? “Not all libraries are going to be like us, and we understand that,” said county judge Nelson Wolff, who came up with the idea for BiblioTech. “But we sure do hope it’s going to drive them to do more to evolve. The world is changing, and libraries can’t stay the same. Not if they want to stay relevant.”

I hope this version makes its way over to my school’s library! Images courtesy of Bexar Bibliotech Facebook.