New high-tech San Antonio library offers look at a future without traditional book collections

  • Article by: PAUL J. WEBER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 3, 2014 - 6:23 PM

SAN ANTONIO — Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.

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cynical1Jan. 3, 14 6:30 PM

All available data indicate the public prefer print. Such hubris to build a library to a minority.

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sambadatJan. 3, 14 6:54 PM

Libraries will soon be dinosaurs representing an old 2-D medium that will replaced with digital downloads. You can keep fighting it but that is the future.

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flophauzerJan. 3, 1410:08 PM

Even old moldy classics and rare treasures can be scanned into digital format to be distributed inexpensively for the benefit of all the masses. This is the future....embrace it.

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jhbensenJan. 4, 14 8:13 AM

The tragic flaw of thinking that digital is the way to go is if in the event of a major catastrophe whereupon all major technology is lost it is the printed ideas that will help bring back what will be lost.

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plummpjJan. 4, 14 8:27 AM

Why even bother to build a library for digital books? Patrons can access everything the digital library offers from their smartphone or home computer.

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northguy7Jan. 4, 1410:28 PM

Samba and flop, just wondering when you were in a library lately. It's not just about books. It's about job searching, starting a small business, learning computer skills, children's story times, free computer access for those who can't afford it...

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