Posted by: bluesyemre | August 10, 2015

Why College Libraries Are Going Bookless by Nate Hoffelder

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We’ve all read the news stories about this college or that college removing books from their libraries. Stanford was one of the first to go bookless back in 2010, and many more colleges have followed suit. This includes Florida Polytechnic University, which opened a bookless library last fall, and the University of Michigan, which just reopened a medical library but left the books in storage.

From the Toledo Blade:

The University of Michigan has reopened its Taubman Health Sciences Library after a $55 million overhaul and rethinking of how a library for medical students should function.

Hundreds of thousands of books were moved to an offsite location and are available on demand for delivery, and by becoming “bookless” the school said that frees up space for medical student education. The facility on the school’s Ann Arbor campus officially reopened over the weekend.

You can find more details in the U of M’s announcement.

While a traditionalist may object to a library without books, the fact of the matter is libraries have always been more than warehouses for books. Academic libraries in particular are used more for study than for storing old and possibly outdated books.

http://the-digital-reader.com/2015/08/05/why-college-libraries-are-going-bookless/


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