circulating library


noun

a library whose books can be borrowed by its members or subscribers.

Origin of circulating library

First recorded in 1735–45
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British Dictionary definitions for circulating library

circulating library


noun

another name (esp US) for lending library
a small library circulated in turn to a group of schools or other institutions
a rare name for subscription library
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