The BiblioTech bookless library may look like this artist’s rendering.
(Credit: My San Antonio)
The first book-free library in the United States can look pretty familiar to visitors. This is because it is to be modeled after an Apple Retail Store.
Bexar County, Texas, which includes San Antonio, will launch the nation’s first fully digital public library, nicknamed Bibliotech this year. A prototype location on the south side of the county is expected to open in the fall, and the county hopes to open similar libraries in the future.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff got his inspiration for the all-digital library from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
“If you want to have an idea of what it looks like, go to an Apple store,” said Wolff, according to the report.
Here’s how it will work, according to the San Antonio Express-News: There will be all the physical books in the library. There will be however digital systems. County residents will also be able to control one of the 100 e-readers available for use at home for two weeks.
However, creating the library will not be cheap. The county will save some money by using a building already has, but will need at least $ 250,000 to get access to the first 10,000 titles of books. And the costs for the design and construction have not yet been determined.
Digital versions of books have become popular as more people buy tablets and e-readers. Many libraries already allow people to download digital books, but until now there were no all-digital libraries.
Wolff noted that Bibliotech will not replace the current system of collection but will enhance what is already available.
“People are going to want more books, but you will not in our” said Wolff.