Have you heard about the BiblioTech Library in San Antonio? It made headlines last year as “the country’s first digital public library,” and was in the news again recently. Here’s the lowdown on it:
- The Bibliotech Library opened to the public in September 2013.
- While public, it is not associated with the San Antonio Public Library system.
- It was built with $1.9 million in county tax funds, as well as $500,000 from private donations. (Source: Time)
- It’s located in an economically depressed area where 75 percent of the population lacks Internet access (Source: mySA)
- The Mission Branch Library [of the San Antonio public library system] is located about 3 miles from Bibliotech.
- It was the brain child of Bexar County’s Judge Nelson Wolff, who was inspired by Walter Isaacson’s biography about Steve Jobs. Inspiration such that the library resembles an Apple store. (Source: ABC News)
- The staff even wear uniforms.
- This is not an entirely new idea. It was tried before in 2002 as a branch library in Santa Rosa, AZ. That didn’t work out, people began requesting “actual books.” (Source: NPR)
I’d like to start a conversation about this. What do you think? Innovative? Ill-conceived? Somewhere in between?
Please share your comments, and I’ll add my two cents as the conversation grows!