lending library

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  1. 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.

  2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for lending library

lending library

  1. Also called (esp US): circulating library the department of a public library providing books for use outside the building

  2. a small commercial library

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