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The Applied Engineering and Technology library at the University of Texas at San Antonio made headlines a few years back by going bookless.

Everything is digital, and patrons have access to something like 50,000 e-journals and 470 databases.

Pretty darn impressive.

Infodocket.com reported last week that the library has served more than 160,000 students and faculty since going bookless in March 2010.

Infodocket makes it sound like this is a major feat.

But, if you have to access materials relevant to your field of study and you cannot do so, what real alternative do you have? You may not like using all digital materials, but what else can you do?

So, count me out as a cheerleader.

Oh, and I wonder about a statistic quoted by Infodocket: It said the library welcomes an average of 1,900 visitors per week when classes are in session.

Sounds pretty good until you realize that the Wimberley Village Library averages more than 2,200 visitors per week.

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