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First ever digital library set to open

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The nation’s first bookless public library is set to open in our backyard. The BiblioTech Bexar County Digital Library officially opens September 14 but supporters of the library had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the new facility and all the resources it will provide.

On September 12, Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal was among dozens of people who attended the Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County’s Donor & VIP Reception at BiblioTech and got to see just how it works. Like a traditional library, users must sign up for a library card, but that is the only thing regular about BiblioTech. With over 30 computers, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and/or using your own digital device, readers simply download the book of their choice. The book “checked out” will then automatically be removed from the device after 14 days. When a reader wants to make a different book selection, there is no need to return to BiblioTech. The user can simply download another read with the ap installed on the device. There are already more than 10,000 books available for digital checkout and more are on the way.

The BiblioTech grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. at 3505 Pleasanton Road, south of Military Drive. Visitors will be able to sign up for their library card and begin checking out digital books immediately.