Nightly News | September 14, 2013
>>> sign of the times . the opening of a new public library today in texas. that may not seem like big news but it is notable for what's missing -- books. at least the kind of on paper. we sent januaet shamlian to browse around.
>> you will want a pass word.
>> reporter: it looks like an apple store . rows of shiny computers.
>> you would say reader apps. that's where you want to go.
>> reporter: there is nothing to buy here. the bibliotech is a new public library .
>> they can browse the entire collection, choose what they want to read right there.
>> reporter: there are 10,000 titles but not a single hardcover or paperback. every book is digital.
>> we fell in love with e-books, but it is expensive to be constantly purchasing them. the idea of borrowing them from the library is very appealing to us.
>> reporter: for those without an e-reader, there are 600 for loan. they turn off if not returned. for all that a paperless library offers it can't offer the ability to wander the stacks, browse the aisles and make a decision on a book simply because there is something physically about it that caught our eye.
>> scan your card here.
>> reporter: the county planner says the decision to go digital cost $2.5 million, far less than a traditional library, and allows those who can't get to the building to use its re sources.
>> i don't need to build a 250,000-square -- foot central library . less cost. can't give you everything you may want, but we are giving you a lot.
>> reporter: for children tablets can be checked out, preloaded with books and interactive games .
>> i was skeptical. before i had this job i worked as a high school english teacher . so i like books. i like things you can hold. this is the uh way things are going.
>> you enter your card information.
>> reporter: a new library test drives virtual borrowing as reading go s from paper to pick pixels.