SAN ANTONIO -- Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store.

In the San Antonio area, Bexar County recently opened a library with rows of glossy iMacs, iPads and hundreds of tablets available for checkout.

But the $2.3 million facility might be most notable for what it does not have -- any actual books.

Known as BiblioTech, it is the nation's only bookless public library, a distinction that has attracted scores of digital bookworms, plus emissaries from as far away as Hong Kong who want to learn about the idea and possibly take it home.

All-digital libraries have been on college campuses for years. But the county made history when it decided to open BiblioTech in a strip mall.

-- By PAUL J. WEBER

Associated Press