University of Texas San Antonio opens nation’s first bookless library on a university campus

Screen shot 2010-09-10 at 9.58.08 AM.pngFrom the UTSA Press Announcement:

UTSA officials announced Thursday the opening of the Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Library, the nation’s first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. The 80-person capacity library, which caters to College of Sciences and College of Engineering students, is a satellite of the larger John Peace Library on the Main Campus.

Electronic research is central to the AET Library. Instead of storing printed volumes, the library offers students a rapidly growing collection of electronic resources including 425,000 e-books and 18,000 e-journal subscriptions. Skilled science and engineering librarians are available during library hours to help students who need research assistance.


The trend to move higher education library collections online began in October 2000, when Kansas State University opened the Fiedler Engineering Library. The branch library’s collection is completely electronic with the exception of a series of reference books and a few journals that are unavailable electronically. Earlier this year, Stanford University continued the trend when it removed all but 10,000 printed volumes from its Engineering Library.

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Source: UTSA [University of Texas at San Antonio] News

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1 Comment on University of Texas San Antonio opens nation’s first bookless library on a university campus

  1. This is significant news. Add this to last week’s announcement that the New York Times newspaper will — one day within the next few years — be published in a digital edition only.

    The great transition is happening faster than most people predicted.
    Print publishing has one foot in the grave, and the other foot on a banana peel.

    All the more reason for everyone involved with ebooks and epublishing to create the new world with passion, vision and integrity.

    Michael Pastore
    50 Benefits of Ebooks

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