- a place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, as a room, set of rooms, or building where books may be read or borrowed.
- a public body organizing and maintaining such an establishment.
- a collection of manuscripts, publications, and other materials for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference.
- a collection of any materials for study and enjoyment, as films, musical recordings, or maps.
- a commercial establishment lending books for a fixed charge; a lending library.
- a series of books of similar character or alike in size, binding, etc., issued by a single publishing house.
- Biology. a collection of standard materials or formulations by which specimens are identified.
- canon1(def 9).
- Computers. a collection of software or data usually reflecting a specific theme or application.
Origin of library
Examples from the Web for library
The resources were what you might expect: Dining room, a media center, a library, a TV room, a meeting room, a computer room.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
At that point, the Library of Congress can once again decide to prohibit consumers from unlocking their cell phones.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
He does not hesitate to hide some Marxist books from her library because she fears that the military could use them against her.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
For a few hours every day she would read big books at the library, watch reruns of the show, and dig through questions in the J!Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
A shooter opened fire inside the library at Florida State University this morning.What We Know About the FSU Shooter
November 20, 2014
Hawarden library gave every evidence of being for use, and not show.
One of the main points of interest at the home of Mr. Gladstone is the library.
She prevails, and rescues him from the mysterious perils of the library.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
He spent his evenings when at Hawarden in a cosy corner of the library reading.
Uneasily, he had remained in the library until the allotted time was elapsed.Within the Law
- a room or set of rooms where books and other literary materials are kept
- a collection of literary materials, films, CDs, children's toys, etc, kept for borrowing or reference
- the building or institution that houses such a collectiona public library
- a set of books published as a series, often in a similar format
- computing a collection of standard programs and subroutines for immediate use, usually stored on disk or some other storage device
- a collection of specific items for reference or checking againsta library of genetic material
Word Origin and History for library
place for books, late 14c., from Anglo-French librarie, Old French librairie "collection of books" (14c.), noun use of adj. librarius "concerning books," from Latin librarium "chest for books," from liber (genitive libri) "book, paper, parchment," originally "the inner bark of trees," probably a derivative of PIE root *leub(h)- "to strip, to peel" (see leaf). The equivalent word in most Romance languages now means "bookseller's shop." Old English had bochord, literally "book hord."