This university’s library doesn’t have a single paper book

Bookless libraries aren’t quite so far-fetched as they used to be. Florida Polytechnic University, opening for the first time this fall, features a $ 60 million, Santiago Calatrava-designed main building with a library that doesn’t hold a single paper book within its walls. Instead, the library has space for reading, desks for doing work, and a number of desktops, laptops, and tablets readily available. It joins a small handful of universities that have opened such libraries in recent years. Instead of books, the library has a deal with publishers that lets students access a title once for free. If any other student “takes out” the ebook of that title, the library automatically purchases it for its collection.

Of course, print still has…

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