A college library without books? Yep, it’s a thing

Sep 2, 2014 by

What if you walked into your school library and found it completely devoid of books?

That’s what students at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Fla. found when the school’s brand new library opened its doors last week.

While you won’t find a single physical book in the building, the library does have an assortment of 135,000 electronic books available to students.

“Since we are a new university, we had the option to open totally digital,” says Dr. Kathryn Miller, director of libraries. “The digital resources are part of the university’s mission.”

That mission promises to make strides in STEM fields by preparing modern students to lead in innovative ways. And the best way to do this? Make everything digital.

“To me, it’s amazing,” says freshman Drew Davis, who’s studying electrical engineering with a concentration in control systems. “I think it’s a great step in the right direction.”

Still, other schools aren’t so sure.

“It’s a really bold move,” says David Hiscoe, director of communication strategy at North Carolina State University Libraries.

With its 3D printers and Book Bot system that can retrieve as many as two million volumes, NC State’s James B. Hunt Library prides itself on being technologically savvy. But Hiscoe says print books remain a necessity.

via A college library without books? Yep, it’s a thing | USA TODAY College.

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