First U.S. Bookless Public Library to Look Like an Apple Store

Posted January 13, 2013 at 9:16pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10683 views

Bexar County, Texas has unveiled plans to open the country's first completely bookless library, reports MySanAntonio.

The library system, called BiblioTech, will launch with a prototype location on the South Side opening this the fall.

“If you want to get an idea what it looks like, go into an Apple store,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said.

Wolff says he was inspired when reading the biography of Steve Jobs and he envisions more bookless libraries around the county.

“It's not a replacement for the (city) library system, it's an enhancement,” Wolff said. “People are always going to want books, but we won't be doing that in ours.”

About $250,000 will need to be spent for the first 10,000 book titles. Design and construction costs aren't set yet; however, money will be saved by using a county-owned building.

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nickp - January 14, 2013 at 11:07pm
new era for Bookless Public Library
chris - January 14, 2013 at 1:30pm
Looks too dense for me. And need place for BYOD!
Billy Bob - January 14, 2013 at 9:34am
Oh dear ... I see a lawsuit coming ... I think apple have the patent for a room with tables and chairs featuring the ability to use a user input device (namely a computer) to access information.
Roshan - January 14, 2013 at 3:20am
Sure people might say "who reads these days?" but there are professional field where studying is required. Also people like to gain knowledge and not rely on google / internet for everything. The more knowledge you have the more creative you can get. Steve Jobs took technology already created and combined them together. Used it in a way that wasn't intended yet fluid. Library is not just about books it's about creative and informative collection of ideas under one place. It targets a very selective group of people and if you are not that group you will not understand or care. It's more then a place you were forced to go during elementary school. I think this is a wonderful way to upgrade the library system.
Bobby - January 14, 2013 at 12:09am
It's for people who don't have a device or the Internet. Or who don't know how to find book titles online for free. Or as a place to get away. To focus. I'd say it would make a lot of sense if a Starbucks were included inside.
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