the “bookless” library

It’s undeniable: Bexar County’s BiblioTech is awesome! But here at GSLIS, we keep wondering – is this all-digital, paperless public library becoming the new model for libraries of the future – or, is it just another cool, one-off project that works really well for the people of San Antonio, but maybe not for others?

BiblioTech’s Head librarian Ashley Eklof tells Library Journal that after a few months, the ebook-and technology-centric project has been so successful it already has its own spinoff at the county courthouse. It’s encouraging to hear that BiblioTech has been wildly successful in Texas, but we want to know: Can this model be successfully replicated elsewhere, and if so, do we even want to try? We tackle these questions in this week’s post.