- Also called circulating library, rental library. a small library that is maintained by a commercial establishment, as a drugstore, and is composed largely of current books that are lent to customers for a fee.
- Chiefly British. a public library that lends materials or the division or section of it that carries out this function.
Origin of lending library
First recorded in 1700–10
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I shall be there all the afternoon giving out the lending-library books, and a good many volumes need re-covering.Robin Redbreast
Mary Louisa Molesworth
- Also called (esp US): circulating library the department of a public library providing books for use outside the building
- a small commercial library
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