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A Bookless Library?

Posted by on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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This is kind of neat, but it also makes me a little sad. 

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

 

September 14, 201312:08 PM

An artist's rendering shows computer stations at the new BiblioTech bookless public library in Bexar County, Texas. The library is holding its grand opening Saturday.

Courtesy of Bexar County
An artist's rendering shows computer stations at the new BiblioTech bookless public library in Bexar County, Texas. The library is holding its grand opening Saturday.

An artist's rendering shows computer stations at the new BiblioTech bookless public library in Bexar County, Texas. The library is holding its grand opening Saturday.

Courtesy of Bexar County

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.

On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech libraryexplains how its patrons can access free eBooks and audio books. To read an eBook on their own device, users must have the 3M Cloud Library app, which they can link to their library card.

The app includes a countdown of days a reader has to finish a book - starting with 14 days, according to My San Antonio.

The library has a physical presence, as well, with 600 e-readers and 48 computer stations, in addition to laptops and tablets. People can also come for things like kids' story time and computer classes, according to the library's website.

A county official compared the concept to an Apple store, in a report on the library's plans by NPR's Reema Khrais in January.

And Reema reported that the idea of a bookless library has been tried before - perhaps a bit too early. That was in 2002, when Arizona's Santa Rosa Branch Library went digital-only.

"Years later, however, residents - fatigued by the electronics - requested that actual books be added to the collection, and today, enjoy a full-access library with computers," Reema said.

Sarah Houghton, a.k.a. the tech-savvy blogger Librarian in Black, who directs the San Rafael Public Library in California, told Reema that it will take be than 100 years before all libraries are paperless. But she added that 10 to 20 percent of libraries could go bookless in the next decade.

Some libraries have struggled to adapt to an era of digital options and budget cuts. In the Washington, D.C., region, the Fairfax County (Va.) library system's decision to destroy a reported 250,000 books drew the ire of residents - and an editorial from The Washington Post.\

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/14/222442870/bookless-public-library-opens-in-texas

by on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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krysstizzle
by on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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*disdain* That's not a library, that's a limited internet cafe. 

A library without books is sacrilege! ;)

AlekD
by Gold Member on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

It looks like an Apple store...

EngMama
by on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

No more lovely book smell.  

SyllabaryBisque
by Bronze Member on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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That's depressing on so many levels. :(
EngMama
by on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

It really is 

Quoting SyllabaryBisque:

That's depressing on so many levels. :(

 

stringtheory
by Gold Member on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM
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I don't like it. Harumph. My traditional library has eBook capabilities also. If you have a card, you can check out eBooks without going in, but I still got to check out the old fashioned stuff, too ;-). One of my favorite things about the library is the atmosphere, and I would hate to go sit in an apple store type place to do homework.
LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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Oh, that's horrible...that's not a library...

I love getting lost in the shelves looking at book after book...I have a Nook (it was a gift) and I've never used it...I prefer holding an actual book...
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Piskie
by Bronze Member on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM
Why? Are there any less words, any less knowledge to be found?

Physical copies of books are useful in some ways.... But it's the same words and content.... Just a different way.


Quoting EngMama:

It really is 


Quoting SyllabaryBisque:

That's depressing on so many levels. :(

 


LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM
Wait, destroying 250,000 books?!? What?
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disneymom2two
by Member on Sep. 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Sad.

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