from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A place in which literary and artistic materials, such as books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, prints, records, and tapes, are kept for reading, reference, or lending.
- n. A collection of such materials, especially when systematically arranged.
- n. A room in a private home for such a collection.
- n. An institution or foundation maintaining such a collection.
- n. A commercial establishment that lends books for a fee.
- n. A series or set of books issued by a publisher.
- n. A collection of recorded data or tapes arranged for ease of use.
- n. A set of things similar to a library in appearance, function, or organization: a library of computer programs.
- n. Genetics A collection of cloned DNA sequences whose location and identity can be established by mapping the genome of a particular organism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library
- n. A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A considerable collection of books kept for use, and not as merchandise
- n. A building or apartment appropriated for holding such a collection of books.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place set apart for the keeping and use of books and other literary material; a room, set of rooms, or a building in which a collection of books for reading or study is kept.
- n. A collection of books, whether manuscript or printed, which may include also pamphlets, maps, and other literary material, intended for reading, study, or reference, as distinguished from a bookseller's stock, which is intended for sale.
- n. See the adjectives.
- n. Specifically, a collection or stock of books kept exclusively for lending out, as a private enterprise, either for a fixed payment on each or for a periodical subscription.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
- n. a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing
- n. (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use
- n. a room where books are kept
- n. a building that houses a collection of books and other materials
Middle English librarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin librārium, bookcase, from neuter of librārius, of books, from liber, libr-, book.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English librarie, from Anglo-Norman librarie, from Old French librairie, from Latin librarium ("bookcase, chest for books"), from librarius ("concerning books"), from liber ("the inner bark of trees, paper, parchment, book"), probably derived from a Proto-Indo-European base *leub(h) (“to strip, to peel”). Displaced native Middle English bochus, bochous ("library, bookhouse") (from Old English bōchūs ("library, bookhouse")). (Wiktionary)