The country’s first all-digital public library will open in San Antonio on Saturday.
BiblioTech will offer more than 40,000 eBooks and access to the Digital Public Library of America.
Access to the book-less library’s catalog will only be available to Bexar County residents, and officials hope it will be a go to resource for educators who use technology in the classroom.
“What we're bringing to the community is the digital world,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “If you're not part of that digital world, you're not going to be literate in another 10 years or so from now.”
The $2.4 million facility is located at 3505 Pleasanton Road on the city’s South Side.
Patrons will still have to get a library card, but once you have it you may never have to step foot in a library again.
Branch manager, Catarina Velasquez, believes the facility will still attract people even though they can do everything from their smartphone, computer, or tablet.
“The physical space will be here for everyone. Non-profits can come in and use our devices and our space, kids will be able to have access,” Velasquez said.
Danielle Miller brought her 3-year-old daughter Ila to try out BiblioTech’s interactive kids center.
Miller said the facility will allow kids to get a head-start on an education that is becoming more modern and technologically advanced.
“I was pretty skeptical I think at first because I like books,” Miller said. “She'll obviously be more technologically savvy than I am by the time she's in school. My son is in school and they use iPads all the time and really enjoy learning in that way so it’ll be good (for the community)."