Definition of Library

1. Noun. A room where books are kept. "They had brandy in the library"

Group relationships: House
Generic synonyms: Room

2. Noun. A collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing.

3. Noun. A depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study.

4. Noun. (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use.

5. Noun. A building that houses a collection of books and other materials.

Definition of Library

1. n. A considerable collection of books kept for use, and not as merchandise; as, a private library; a public library.

Definition of Library

1. Noun. An institution which holds books and/or other forms of stored information for use by the public or qualified people. It is usual, but not a defining feature of a library, for it to be housed in rooms of a building, to lend items of its collection to members either with or without payment, and to provide various other services for its community of users. ¹

2. Noun. A collection of books or other forms of stored information. An individual may refer to his collection of books and other items as his library. ¹

3. Noun. An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library ¹

4. Noun. (computer science) A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program. ¹

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Definition of Library

1. a place where literary materials are kept for reading and reference [n -BRARIES]

Medical Definition of Library

1. A collection of DNA molecules, derived from restriction fragments that have been cloned in vectors, that includes all or part of the genetic material of an organism. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Library

library (current term)
library administration
library and information science
library automation
library card
library catalog
library catalogs
library catalogue
library catalogues
library collection development
library fine
library hand
library materials

Literary usage of Library

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Municipal and Institutional Libraries of Indiana: History, Conditon and by William Elmer Henry, Indiana Louisiana purchase exposition commission (1904)
"The city council co-operated cordially and a tax levy was made by that body for the establishment and administration of the library. ..."

2. As You Like itby William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare (1907)
""By kind permission of Messrs. Macmillan the Text of the Cambridge Shakespeare has been used in the preparation of this edition.""

3. Some Oxford Libraries by Strickland Gibson (1914)
"I THE ANCIENT library OF THE UNIVERSITY ... the lawns of Exeter College; trees of every kind hedge about the library of Wadham; St. John's library adjoins ..."

4. Public Libraries and Popular Education by Herbert Baxter Adams (1900)
"100 Public library movement in New York pioneers of free libraries and popular education 92 Massachusetts no Local types of New England town libraries 1:7 ..."

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