A look at San Antonio’s all-digital public libraries


Read your favorite books online. | Photo by @sachartermoms

From the iconic enchilada red building (aka Central Library) to the numerous events our San Antonio Public Library system hosts, the Alamo City is bursting at the binding with real page-turners.

That includes a new way to read without actually picking up that paperback. We’re talking about BiblioTech, the first all-digital public library in the United States.

💭 History in the making

BiblioTech first opened its doors on Sept. 14, 2013 as a way to bridge the literacy + technology gaps in the Alamo City. The library has since expanded to three locations and offers an online “library” that is accessible from home (think: digital collections and resources).

Library memberships are free to all Bexar County residents by applying online or at one of its physical locations.

📚 Features

The digital library features a collection of books you can access with your membership through the BiblioTech App which includes access to seven other apps + services like:

  • Genealogy resources to help you look up your family’s history
  • Research databases
  • A writer’s corner
  • Active learning programs like Mango Languages, MasterClass, and LinkedIn Learning
  • Spanish language materials such as books + magazines that can be checked out

🍎 Education

BiblioTech EDU is a new resource for parents, teachers, and children that offers tools for educational development both professionally and personally. Residents can also receive GED testing at two of its locations.

💻 Locations

We hope this information inspires you to get out in the community and read.

Bonus: scroll down and check out #SATXtoday for a little throwback of the first-ever SA Library.

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