Library Journal reports: 'Florida Polytechnic University's flagship structure is the Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building. A white dome topped with 12-storey-high butterfly wings with louvered panels that move to shade the 162,000-square-foot creation from the Florida sun, the IST was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and cost $60 million to construct. It houses classrooms, labs, and office space, as well as the library.'
The library is known as 'The Commons' and has a staff of six. The library will be embedded in the curriculum, but it also plans to use the space for performance and arts projects.
Students have access to 135,000 licensed e-books supplemented by a patron-driven acquisitions programme. Electronic journals are available through around 65 databases and the university's e-journal collections. Students are encouraged to organise their own research information using a cloud-based collaboration program.
FPU is the latest 'bookless' library to join a growing number: the public library in Bexar County, Texas; a controversial school library in Minnesota; the American University of Nigeria and the Applied Engineering and Technology Library at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
The full feature in Library Journal, with links to the stories on libraries in the bookless library 'club', is available via the link on the right of this page.