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public library

a nonprofit library established for the use of the general public and maintained chiefly by public funds.
Origin of public library
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You will find all these songs and some others in a book by Miss Fletcher in the public library.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The cab rattled off, and the next stop was in front of a public library.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Thence to a public library, but could find no satisfactory Schlegel in the directory.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Under this same roof is the public library, containing about 10,000 volumes.

  • Dr Hood treated his private book-shelf as if it were a public library.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton

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