BiblioTech, located in San Antonio, is on track to surpass 100,000 visitors in its first year, with fans coming from as far away as Hong Kong to see it.
It’s been likened to a kitchen without food, a bank without currency notes, and a bakery without bread.
And yet, the nation’s first bookless library so far appears to be a success.
BiblioTech, the nation’s first – and only – bookless public library recently opened in San Antonio.
Stocked with 20,000 e-books, 600 e-readers for adults and 200 for children, 48 computers, and 10 laptops and 40 tablets, the $2.3 million library has been compared countless times to an Apple Store with its rows of glossy devices.
[Editor's note: The original version of this story misstated the amount of devices and books available.]
Patrons can peruse online catalogs on Apple touch screen computers and check out books on e-readers.
“Even the librarians imitate Apple’s dress code, wearing matching shirts and that standard bearer of geek-chic, the hoodie,” writes the Associated Press.