December 16, 2017

Texas: BiblioTech (First All-Digital Public Library in U.S.) “Continues to Grow Digital Reach in Fourth Year Of Operation”

From The San Antonio Express-News:

BiblioTech [located in San Antonio, Texas] counts [Library user Fernando] Perez — whose reading interests range from sci-fi to Jane Austen — among its 117,301 registered patrons as it enters its fourth year of operation. That figure stood at 31,700 after the first year.

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Since 2013, the library system — the first in the nation created without physical books — has circulated 16,492 e-readers and 420,622 e-books. Its collection has grown to 86,339 e-books.

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BiblioTech operates two branches, on the South and West sides, with a third location scheduled to open in February at the East Meadows housing development. The San Antonio Housing Authority will lease the East Side space to Bexar County for $1 a year for 15 years, Cole said, marking the second branch established at a SAHA property.

The West Side library, the second location, opened in 2015 at the Gardens of San Juan Square apartment.

BiblioTech also operates kiosks at the county’s Central Jury Room and at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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