The Pio Pico Branch of the LA Public Library at Oxford and 7th Streets may be the first public library in LA to become completely free of books. No books you ask? What IS a library without the stacks of colorful spines, the scent of old paper, and rows of literature beckoning to be picked up and read?
The new version of a library will offer access to digital books and magazines via computers, tablets, and e-readers. Evidently City officials believe the densely populated Koreatown area and historically busy Pio Pico branch, just east of Western Ave., is a perfect test case for this idea. The small book-less branch would open up more public space for study, work and community meetings, while also offering patrons access to computer technology that may otherwise not be available to them.
Presented by Councilman Herb Wesson and seconded by Councilman Eric Garcetti, the adopted motion will have LAPL work with the Information Technology Agency to study the feasibility of converting Pio Pico to an all digital library. It’s a forward-looking plan, but one that is also sure to stir up the ire of many a book-loving reader who can’t imagine a library – without any books.