As more students throughout the country seek advanced technology in their education, universities are increasing their digital offerings. For example, the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA) is the first institution in the nation to open a completely bookless library.
UTSA reports that the 80-person capacity library, which caters to College of Sciences and College of Engineering students, offers learners a growing collection of electronic resources including 425,000 e-books and 18,000 e-journal subscriptions.
The Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Library offers a series of group study niches and three group study rooms outfitted with whiteboards. The spaces were designed to reflect an emphasis on teamwork, communications and problem solving, which are skills that can be integral to the success of professional engineers and scientists.
"As our campus becomes a national research university, it is important that we continue to create communities that engage students," said Krisellen Maloney, UTSA dean of libraries. "In this library, we encourage collaboration. We want to hear our students talking and solving problems together."
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