The first ever digital public library in the U.S. opened its doors to the public Saturday morning. The state of the art BiblioTech is available to all Bexar County residents.

A quick ceremony led to the opening of the BiblioTech front doors. As they opened, hundreds made their way inside.

Once there, they signed up for library cards and took a tour of a library unlike any other in the U.S.

"This is amazing, unbelievable," said visitor Carie Villano.

BiblioTech branch manager Catarina Velasquez said if compared it to any other library, you'll find one major difference.

"The biggest difference that you are going to find is that you're not going to see rows and rows of books. Instead, you're going to see rows and rows of computers," said Velasquez. "We have all of our content digital and online."

BiblioTech is equipped with 600 E-readers, 48 desktop computers, 9 laptops and 40 tablets.

"We're starting out with 10,000 digital titles or current titles, and were also loaning out E-readers to patrons, which is a new thing," said Laura Jesse with Bexar County PIO. "Lots of libraries have digital collections, but they don't loan out the devices."

The public will also be able to access the library from home.

"That's the really exciting part of our library. If you have your own device, you'll be able to download our 3 million cloud library app and access our library from the palm of your hand," said Velasquez.

The BiblioTech will be open from 12 to 8 Monday through Friday, and 10 to 6 Saturday and Sunday.

Images: BiblioTech opens to public

Published On: Sep 16 2013 08:19:19 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 14 2013 08:19:06 AM CDT

The first digital public library in the U.S. opens its doors to the public.

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