A celebration was held along Pleasanton Road April 12th to break ground on the first ever Bibliotech Library. The 4,989 square-foot facility will be the first of its kind in the country to be an entirely digital library. The building will allow guests to browse from a collection of over 10,000 current titles by using their own mobile devices, tablets, or any of 100 e-readers that will be available for checkout.
“The exciting part is that we move into the 21st century. It’s not about going and checking out a book. Now you can come and download it into something you carry around with you 24/7,” said Bexar County Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez.
The BiblioTech Library will be located on the 2500 block of Pleasanton Road, hopefully making a significant impact on south side families.
“We are getting a central place to learn how to use a browser and computers, training for software programs that are out for our community, and lastly for so many of our kids that have tablets and cell phones. They can pick up books that are only for their tablets, cellphones, and laptops and walk away with up to a 100 books at a time,” explained Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna.
The plan for the new bookless library is not to replace current libraries as we know them but to enhance the model and structure.
“I know it’s not the end-all answer to providing library services, but it certainly is the direction in which libraries are headed,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff was quoted in a news release sent out before the ground breaking.
Besides e-readers, there will also be 25 laptops and 25 tablet computers for visitors to check out and use in one of the study rooms or lounges. Children will have a special designated are as well where they can interact with a digital wall or sit and read. The facility will also offer a small internet café. The BiblioTech library is scheduled to open in late summer or early fall.
To see a video of the groundbreaking removal of the door for the new facility, click here for Quicktime format or here for Windows Media player format.