It’s called BiblioTech, and it only offers e-books and audiobooks. The large selection consists of 10,000 different, digital reads, providing them particularly to the low-income neighborhood.
This “bookless” library opened on the south side of San Antonio just last month. The surrounding area of mostly Hispanic residents consists of nearly 40 percent of households without computers. Half of those that do have computers are without Internet services.
“Our digital library is stored in the cloud, so you don’t have to come in to get a book,” said Laura Cole, special projects coordinator for BiblioTech. “We’re a traditional library in that the building itself is an important community space.”
With a funky orange appearance that looks much more like a break-room than a classic library, BiblioTech has a play area for children, as well.
Not only that, but it also holds 45 Apple iPads, 40 laptops, and 48 desktop computers for public use.