You know, it looks a little bit more like an Apple store than the traditional library you're used to seeing You won't find a single hard copy of a book or periodical at the "Bibliotech" down in San Antonio.
Everything is digital. 48 I-mac computer stations, nine mac books, 40 I-pads, 200 nook tablets and 600 e-readers. Visitors peruse the more than 17-thousand *digital* titles, click on what they want, then it's downloaded onto a device and they physically leave the library with it.
The brain behind this project also tells us it's far cheaper to operate than public libraries of the past a real selling point in these tough economic times.
Wolff says "..we don't have to have a huge building. We're in one third of the space of a normal branch library. We don't have the expense of stocking these books, people borrowing them, losing them, wearing out. The books that we have are not going to wear out."
Once the titles are downloaded they're good for two weeks then they just expire and you no longer have access to it.
Of course, if you are *borrowing* one of the tablets you have to bring that back.
But this was intentionally built in a low-income neighborhood of San Antonio a spot where most folks don't even have internet at home, much less computers.
And its users can't get enough. Reyna says "..he wasn't able to go to school this year, so when we found this place, we were like, oh, this is great for him to come and we kind of teach him stuff. He's doing really, really well."
San Antonio hopes other cities around the country will model it's new libraries around their model.
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