Definition of circulating library in English:

circulating library


  • A small library with books lent for a small fee to subscribers.

    • ‘They also ran a circulating library which advertised ‘an immense quantity of volumes’.’
    • ‘He opened the first circulating library in Edinburgh in 1726.’
    • ‘The reading public had been massively organized and empowered by the new phenomenon of the circulating library.’
    • ‘One major change since 1935 has been the disappearance of the so-called circulating library.’
    • ‘Millard relied on the local circulating library for learning.’