“I kind of miss the books.”
19-year-old Abigail Reyes, at the newly opened BiblioTech – a first of its kind digital public library in San Antonio, Texas. Bexar County’s BibiloTech is the nation’s only bookless public library, according to the American Library Association.
(All-digital libraries have been on college campuses for years. But the county, which runs no other libraries, made history when it decided to open BiblioTech. Similar proposals in other communities have been met with doubts. In California, the city of Newport Beach floated the concept of a bookless branch in 2011 until a backlash put stacks back in the plan. Nearly a decade earlier in Arizona, the Tucson-Pima library system opened an all-digital branch, but residents who said they wanted books ultimately got their way.)
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