September 18, 2014

Texas: Bexar County Officials Embrace Plan to Open Nation’s First Bookless Public Library System

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Bexar County, Texas includes the City of San Antonio.

From The San Antonio Express-News:

South Side leaders on Friday embraced Bexar County’s plans to launch the nation’s first bookless public library system [aka BiblioTech] at a prototype site on Pleasanton Road.

Elected officials including area school board members hailed the proposed BiblioTech system, which would provide free electronic access to thousands of books starting this fall.

Wolff is seeking approval to create a staff and hire contractors to prepare the library in a county-owned building, and to provide e-book titles for on-site use or take-home e-readers.

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[County Judge Nelson] Wolff [a proponent of the plan] emphasized the bookless library concept, already taking hold in academia, will be evaluated before it’s expanded to other suburban locations. The county has no library system, and Wolff acknowledged the start-up costs haven’t all been calculated, but he’s counting on private-sector donations to support the endeavor.

The plan will be discussed at a commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

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More About the Proposal in: “Bexar set to turn the page on idea of books in libraries” (via San Antonio Express-News)

See Also: Details About “BiblioTech” via (Bexar County Government)

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