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America's first bookless public library appears to be a success (+video)

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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.


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