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Patrons use computers at BiblioTech, a first of its kind digital public library, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in San Antonio. Bexar County s BibiloTech is the nation s only bookless public library, according to information gathered by the American Library Association, 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. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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



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