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Bookless Library

Patrons use computers at BiblioTech, a first of its kind digital public library in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

In the Library of the Future, There Will Be No Books

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.

Even the librarians imitate Apple's dress code, wearing matching shirts and that standard-bearer of geek-chic, the hoodie. But this $2.3 million library might be most notable for what it does not have — any actual books.