© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Even Overseas, Bexar County Service Members Can Check Out Books From BiblioTech

Joey Palacios
TPR News

As Bexar County’s digital bookless library nears three months in operation, service men and women overseas from Bexar County will receive their own library cards in the mail.

Use of BiblioTech is reserved for people who live within Bexar County, even if those people are thousands of miles away. Over the next few weeks, BiblioTech staff are mailing 8000 personal letters to the men and women in the armed forces from Bexar County . In each envelope, a library card with their login information so they can download their own books.

"We realize we have a lot of Bexar County residents who still claim us as their home who are out serving the country wherever they may be whether it’s overseas or another state," said Bexar County Spokeswoman Laura Jesse. "We just wanted them to know that as Bexar County resident we appreciate them and that they can use this service."

Jesse said they worked with the Bexar County elections office to find out which service members were living outside the county using a list of those that requested absentee ballots to vote. Once received, the service men and women can begin downloading and reading BiblioTech’s books on their own devices.

Since it opened in September, BiblioTech has registered about 11,000 Bexar County residents and continues to register about 100 per week  day.