noun

  • A library entitled to a free copy of each book published in the UK. The copyright libraries in the British Isles are the British Library, the Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Wales, the National Library of Scotland, and the library of Trinity College, Dublin.

    • ‘But till very recently, the major copyright libraries of the world have had a policy of throwing away book jackets.’
    • ‘The National Library of Scotland, a copyright library which received editions of all my books, also refused to say anything.’
    • ‘Significantly, I could not find it in any university in my region, so I travelled to the nearest copyright library (in Oxford).’
    • ‘Edinburgh has great cultural assets, the Festival, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Portrait Gallery and the copyright library.’

Pronunciation

copyright library