The Bookless Library

By Deane Barker on July 11, 2011

Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?: On the heels of my post a month ago about the post-library librarian, here’s the first bookless library.

We’ve been hearing about it for years, but the bookless library has finally arrived, making a beachhead on college campuses. At Drexel University’s new Library Learning Terrace, which opened just last month, there is nary a bound volume, just rows of computers and plenty of seating offering access to the Philadelphia university’s 170 million electronic items.

The obvious question, however, is: when you don’t need physical access to resources, what’s the point of having a physical location?

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