This is the completely bookless library of the future… and it is being built todayJanuary 14, 2013 9 Email article | Print article
Signs we really are in the future: Our libraries have no books at all, only computers. When we want to borrow something from said library, they lend us an e-reader. What’s that you say? San Antonio is already in the future?
The county of Bexar, San Antonio, is launching a library completely devoid of books. The book-free library is called “BiblioTech” and is only the beginning of what’s going to be a bookless library system for the entire county. While there are schools that already encourage students to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), BiblioTech will simply lend you e-readers that you can take home with you. To prevent theft, the e-book goes dead after the assigned borrowing period of two weeks. There will also of course be computers in the library that you can use while you are there.
As someone who never got the hang of finding the books in the school library, this sounds like it could make things a lot easier. But there’s a reason why people still buy books — it’s just not the same. Either way, this could prove to be a very interesting experiment.
What do you think of bookless libraries? Let us know in the comments!