The nation’s first bookless public library

It’s been an exciting week at the office…

It’s hard to think of a library and not picture stacks of dusty books. That’s what libraries do, and do quite well. But that image has been slowly changing and took a major leap forward in San Antonio, Texas this week.

Our newest customer at Polaris Library Systems made national headlines as the first all-digital public library in the country! That’s right, no physical books, no newspapers, no piles of old TV Guides, just computers and over 10,000 e-book titles that can be downloaded or checked out on over 600 loanable e-readers. The new $2.9 million Bexar County Digital Library opened its doors to the public for the first time on Friday.

As part of their vision for the library of the future, staff chose software from Polaris that allows patrons to search for electronic materials and manage their accounts. Our online catalog software also integrates with 3M’s e-book service in a way that helps make the process of searching for and checking out electronic books a truly seamless experience.

So, we’re psyched to be part of history and congratulate Bexar County for its bold move!

Find out more about this unique library from NBC Nightly News, and Time magazine.