May 22, 2022

Rutherford County, Tennessee Library System Opens “Shelfless Digital Public Library” (aka Technology Engagement Center)

From Nashville Public Radio:

2018-07-19_13-53-04For the first time in 26 years, a new library is opening in Rutherford County. But there’s something you won’t see there: books. Or, bookshelves. The Technology Engagement Center is designed as a trendsetting library that focuses on digital literacy, computing skills and “maker” spaces.


Librarian Kathleen Tyree will manage the center. She prefers to call it “shelf-less,” since books — in modern form — are here.

“We do not have physical books,” she said. “We have e-books, e-audio, but we don’t have shelves and shelves of books.”

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