Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Sorry I've not yet read The Shifter; I don't have the money to splurge on it atm, and my library doesn't have it. *nags library*

    Re-Write Wednesday: The Frankendraft

  • The $3,000 grant will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2010 National Library Week theme, 'Communities thrive @ your library®.'

    Apply now for the 2010 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

  • Libraries across the United States are invited to apply for the $3,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, which will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2010 National Library Week theme, "Communities thrive @ your library®."

    June 2009

  • Also, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the ALA announced Saturday nearly $882,000 in grants to public libraries and library networks across the country through the Smart investing@your library® initiative.

    American Library Association Recent Press Releases

  • MUDFLAP Did some more research and found that AdmitMac doesn't like input managers, so I trashed all in the library/inputmanagers and ~library/inputmanagers folders.

    MacUpdate - Mac OS X

  • -- separate cover image is optional the default location of the library is in Documents and settings\ [username] \Calibre library\ but this can be changed in the settings. calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

    Wilders Security Forums

  • We were asked to consider whether the school library is a place, a concept, a function, or a learning commons; could we re-vision school as something happening within library?

    October 2008

  • In Columbus, the Columbus Metropolitin library is investing in RFID technology to help speed up checking-in and out books.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Columbus Metro Library - RFID tags speed checkin/out

  • In addition to getting him access to more books than we would ever buy him, the library is a free activity with a reading area and quiet time toys where he can just hang out.

    (No) Money Changes Everything | Her Bad Mother

  • I am not going to comment, I'll just say that the library is my office, and he didn't check with me beforehand, because none of them ever do, while all birthdays are held in my office because it's the biggest.

    snippets from Nathreee's life

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  • "A library is a looking-glass in which the owner's mind is reflected."-Dr. Holmes

    May 1, 2009

  • A sampling of beautiful ones here.

    December 24, 2008