Definitions for: Library


[n] a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
[n] a room where books are kept; "they had brandy in the library"
[n] a building that houses a collection of books and other materials
[n] (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use
[n] a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing



Webster (1913) Definition: Li"bra*ry (l[imac]"br[asl]*r[y^]), n.; pl. Libraries
(-r[i^]z). [OE. librairie, F. librairie bookseller's shop,
book trade, formerly, a library, fr. libraire bookseller, L.
librarius, from liber book; cf. libraria bookseller's shop,
librarium bookcase, It. libreria. See Libel.]
1. A considerable collection of books kept for use, and not
as merchandise; as, a private library; a public library.

2. A building or apartment appropriated for holding such a
collection of books. --Holland.

Synonyms: depository library, program library, subroutine library

See Also: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, athenaeum, atheneum, bibliotheca, building, carrel, carrell, cataloged procedure, circulating library, collection, cubicle, deposit, depository, edifice, house, lending library, library program, library routine, public library, reading room, rental collection, repository, room, set of bookshelves, stacks, stall

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