Digital library in San Antonio turning heads

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

SAN ANTONIO - A new public library in Texas is turning heads. That's because you won't find any traditional books to borrow inside.

The BiblioTech in San Antonio is a new public library redefining what a library is. Once inside, it looks like an Apple Store full of rows of shiny computers and workers eager to show you how to use them.

There's nothing you can buy there.

There are 10,000 titles, but not a single hardcover or paperback. Every book is digital.

For those without an e-reader, there are 600 for loan. They automatically turn off if they are not returned.

Bexar County planners said the decision to go digital cost $2.5 million, which is far less than a traditional library and allows even those who cannot get to the building to use its resources.

For children, tablets can be checked out and pre-loaded with books and interactive games.

Membership to the BiblioTech is free to Bexar County residents. Staff also teaches computer and internet classes for those who might not be so tech savvy.

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