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The Bookless Library: A Revolutionary Idea or Killing History?

By Fiana Saget '14

When you walk into a library, what do you see? Your initial thought would be books. Children’s books, teen books, adult books, even cook books (for those of us who aren’t Rachel Ray). However, this isn’t the case for a San Antonio library. Coming in fall of 2013, those living in this Texas county are going to have what is known as, a "bookless library". Bookless, meaning absolutely no hard copies of books. This library will have Mac computers, e readers and tablets instead of paperback and hard cover works. The library will be called BiblioTech and would be an internet café of sorts. But BiblioTech isn’t the first of its kind. In 2002, a library in Arizona also attempted a bookless library, but the project failed as residents wanted digital and hard copies of books. Will the same happen in San Antonio? Some librarians believe that this is a very technological and environmentally friendly way to read books. Even Ms. Brizicky, our librarian here at Prep, believes that a bookless library is the way to go. She says, "I would like to use e readers for textbooks, encyclopedias, and nonfiction books that students only use for specific content. Any other book for fun reading should have a hard copy." She also explains how we could access the school e reader by using the school offered tablets or our smartphones. So what do you think Prep? Is the bookless library going to be the new fundamental need in our tech- savvy society or is it just a waste of $1.5 million?