Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 5:02 pm
An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.
On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech library explains how its patrons can access free eBooks and audio books. To read an eBook on their own device, users must have the 3M Cloud Library app, which they can link to their library card.
The Bexar County Bibliotech is gearing up for its big opening this weekend and staff have been working on community outreach throughout the week to get the word out about the only fully-digital library in the U.S.
The new Bibliotech digital library encourages kids to play video games and the game tables in the children’s room offer space for more than one child to piece together insect parts and play other educational games.
Bexar County residents can now apply for their own BiblioTech library card, as the country’s first bookless all-digital public library gets ready to open its doors less than a month from now.
When it opens, the library will have 10,000 titles available for download from the publisher 3M.
"If you have an Android or an Apple device you would simply download the 3M Cloud Library app and put in your library card information and you will have instant access," said BiblioTech Branch Manager Catarina Velasquez.
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