American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A noncommercial library often supported with public funds, intended for use by the general public.
- n. a nonprofit library maintained for public use
“She got a job in the public library on George IV Bridge, and met my father there.”
“What he did was, he got all of these books out of the public library on poltergeists — you know.”
“Magda returned our car, and I spent three hours in the splendid public library while she and Zole rested.”
“I could, perhaps, ask skeptical readers to repair to the nearest public library and compare a random selection of volumes of the American Economic Review, the flagship journal of the American Economic Association, or its British counterpart, The Economic Journal, for any ten years prior to the 1950s, and a like number from the last decade.”
“It has it fine public library with many thousands of well-selected volumes in its bookracks, and beautiful churches of many denominations.”
“We lived on Haddington Place, above another public library where McDonald Road meets Leith Walk.”
“Moving to Staten Island at age nine, another fond childhood memory is when a Bookmobile—a public library on wheels—came into my Park Hill neighborhood.”
““Mourning never really ends, only as time goes on, as we do our work, it may erupt less frequently,” said the man in an olive green suit, addressing a group of social workers, nurses, and hospice employees gathered in the public library in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.”
“Polly's apartment occupied a carriage house behind one of the mansions — within walking distance of the public library — and she was assured of a leasehold.”
“He is the founder of the famous Ambrosian Library opened by him in 1609, as a college of writers, a seminary of savants, a school of fine arts, and after theBobleian at Oxford the first genuinely public library in”
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