When the new BiblioTech library opens in San Antonio, Texas later this year, it will become the nation's first "bookless public library". All the materials are going to be digital. The library will allow patrons to check out e-readers to access materials, and the whole look and feel will be based on the layout of an Apple store.
The creation of the nation's first bookless public library moves beyond the constraints of paper. This should allow people to move the bits of information wherever they are and need them.
“Academic libraries have been moving toward digital systems for years now, but public libraries, which depend on public funding, have struggled to keep up with changing technologies. Several other cities have announced — and then aborted — plans to go fully digital. Still, the potential cost-savings for digital-only libraries in the long run should see more cities following suit in the future.”
It makes me wonder what the requirements are for a library card, can I get access from here?
I do most of my reading electronically, but long for the tactile feedback of a real book. Not enough to give up the convenience of reading on whatever device I have available though.
It also makes me wonder how the role of the librarian will change? I am sure they will have more to do than say “Google it”.