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BOISE -- The Boise Public Library is expanding. It's a change that frequent flyers will be able to take advantage of later this month when a digital branch opens at the Boise Airport.

The idea for the digital library sparked on a cross-country trip.

"The Philadelphia airport has a digital library and our Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, had visited there this spring and she came back and said can we do this in Boise?" said Kevin Booe, Boise Public Library director.

His response? Of course. And just a few months, that idea has become a reality.

"We're at gate B16. This is one of the busiest concourses at the airport," said Booe.

It's the location of the library's fourth branch. It will soon be a place for people flying in and out of Boise to relax and recharge their devices.

But this won't be your typical library. Library card holders won't be able to check out a physical book.

"We're going to have children's picture books (that are) e-books, and we're going to have digital magazine content. We'll have a browser so folks can explore the internet," said Booe.

No library card? No problem. Even out-of-towners can sign up for a temporary one on site.

"If you have any kind of a device you can download e-books or e-music," said Booe.

All downloads are free, just like borrowing a library book. There will also be resources for people looking to explore Idaho.

Project Manager Denise McNeley is doing the decorating.

"We're going to do a couple lounge chairs. We're going to do a small side table between the lounge chairs," said McNeley.

She chose fun and interesting fabrics to set the library's new space apart, including some leopard print.

"We're going to have six, 27-inch touch screens," said Booe of the set up.

With the rise in popularity of e-books and digital downloads, this new space makes sense, especially for jet-setters. The project manager says Boise is on the cutting-edge.

"And we know that other libraries are looking to us to see how successful this is," added McNeley.

The Boise Public Library's digital branch is set to open at the end of August. It's one of only a handful of digital airport library branches across the U.S.

The Boise Public Library's director says the digital branch cost less than $25,000 to put together. He told KTVB it will also be fairly inexpensive to maintain. Money for the project came out of the existing budget.

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