October 17, 2019

Bexar County, Texas: New Bibliotech (All Digital Library) Opens in San Antonio Public Housing Project

From UTSA:

The Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech is open for business.

County Judge Nelson Wolff, the Honorable Julián Castro and other dignitaries cut the ribbon Saturday on the newest branch of Bexar County’s ground-breaking digital library system, named in honor of UTSA President Ricardo Romo.

The Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech, located in the Gardens of San Juan Square, will provide e-readers, digital material and other educational services to residents of San Antonio’s West Side.

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The new Bibliotech is the second full branch of Bexar County’s digital public library system. The first BiblioTech opened in the fall of 2013 at 3505 Pleasanton Rd. It was the first bookless, all-digital public library in the United States, lending e-readers and digital content rather than physical publications.

Onsite patrons access online databases and educational resources with the library’s iMacs, iPads, Xbox 360s and Microsoft Surface touch-screen video tablets. The library has almost 68,000 registered patrons and has served nearly 200,000 walk-in visitors.

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Bexar County plans to open a third BiblioTech on the East Side in the Wheatley Heights housing project next year.

Read the Complete Announcement

UPDATE July 26: “Dignitaries Come Out for West Side Digital Library Opening” (via SA Express-News)

Article also available via Google Cache and includes some Bibliotech Usage Statistics

  • 67,715 registered patrons
  • Devices circulated: 12,934
  • 3M eBooks/eAudio circulated: 187,353
  • Unique website visits: 430,013
  • 35,376 copies purchased for 3M collection since launch
  • E-books currently checked out: 2,966
  • 707 new patrons logged into 3M in June
  • 197,043 on-site patrons at BiblioTech Pleasanton since September 2013
  • BiblioTech has integrated in 58middle- and high-school libraries across 13 school districts through BiblioTech EDU
  • BiblioTech reaches 32,752 students through school presentations
  • 18,626 students registered as BiblioTech patrons

See Also: Partnerships: Second Branch of BiblioTech “All Digital” Public Library Will Open in a San Antonio Public Housing Project (December 16, 2014)

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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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