Definition of library in English:

library

noun

  • 1A building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for use or borrowing by the public or the members of an institution:

    ‘a university library’
    [as modifier] ‘a library book’
    • ‘It's easier to borrow the book from a public library or buy it from a second-hand bookshop.’
    • ‘So a university gets a new library building but no funds for new books.’
    • ‘In 1911 the collection was placed on view in a third-floor gallery at the new public library building at Forty-second Street.’
    • ‘Students are considering the energy sources in their own dorms, libraries and classrooms and then working to harness this buying power to create a clean energy revolution.’
    • ‘Showmen would also tour schools, libraries and concert halls with the apparatus showing off the latest film slides.’
    • ‘Each month 10 per cent of all book sales to library members goes back to the Richmond-Tweed Regional Library for the purchase of new books.’
    • ‘By publicly borrowing library books, patrons forfeit any constitutional protections they may have had in their reading habits.’
    • ‘He was led through the library, study rooms and multimedia centre.’
    • ‘The students can then access the presentation at the school library at his/her convenience.’
    • ‘For sixty years the Geology Museum remained in the public library building.’
    • ‘When interrupted or just merely looking up, common places like my bedroom, the library or my school gym are foreign to me.’
    • ‘It was raining when I left home, heading to university to return my library book to stop the fine accruing at $3 a day.’
    • ‘A newspaper dating from 1867 was one of three items found in a glass bottle in the wall cavity between the school library and a classroom.’
    • ‘So you look at the overall campus and you look at lots and lots of rooms: libraries, dorm rooms, classrooms, cubicles and so forth.’
    • ‘This included various workshops and activities and visiting speakers were available to youngsters in the library and the school hall.’
    • ‘Further, we found a severe lack of Latino children's literature in the libraries and classrooms of schools in this study.’
    • ‘I researched sailboat building at our town library and Boston Public Library.’
    • ‘When I was a lad, all those years ago, I was an assistant to the Librarian at Queens' College, Cambridge, a post which gave me access to the inner sanctum of the library.’
    • ‘Children may not be able to return to a school in September after a £1m fire devastated four classrooms, a library and a hall.’
    • ‘Students in year three and four were given two days off, and are now back at the school using the library as a temporary classroom.’
    1. 1.1 A collection of books and periodicals held in a library:
      ‘the Institute houses an outstanding library of 35,000 volumes on the fine arts’
      • ‘I trust that you will find this issue a welcome addition to your library.’
      • ‘This practical guide for pedagogy students and teachers is a welcome addition to our collective libraries.’
      • ‘His annotated score, as well as a beautifully bound presentation copy signed by every member of the orchestra, is among the thousands of scores and sound recordings in the library.’
      • ‘Readers with deep pockets should feel free to purchase this W.B. Yeats second issue for my library.’
      • ‘Onboard, take advantage of the research library and expert naturalists.’
      • ‘This volume belongs in all college and research libraries, and in scholars' professional collections.’
      • ‘Like family heirlooms, libraries and research collections gain luster with age and use.’
      • ‘Many people who would not think of themselves as collectors amass considerable libraries in their lifetime.’
      • ‘They visited the stables, admiring the horses, and settled in to read from the extensive library Geoff had collected.’
      • ‘The museum houses a library with about 60,000 books related to Gandhi and the various causes he espoused.’
      • ‘A few Italian book collectors began to amass libraries of unprecedented proportions: one cardinal is said to have had as many as 15,000 books.’
      • ‘It is not surprising then that the young Abdurrahman was encouraged to debate ideas and issues and to read widely in his father's extensive library.’
    2. 1.2 A room in a private house where books are kept:
      ‘there was a library that Uncle Hilbert used as his study’
      • ‘The property includes eight bedrooms, a library, study, a conservatory, and two wine cellars.’
      • ‘For the same money, you can buy a three-bedroom Greek beach house with a sitting room, library, fitted kitchen and bathroom.’
      • ‘Downstairs there is a library, living room, terrace and a kitchen and dining area.’
      • ‘Along the cool corridors are private dining rooms, libraries, a gymnasium, and Turkish baths.’
      • ‘It is a single-family four-bedroom house, with a living room, dining room, library, kitchen, two bathrooms, yard and garage.’
      • ‘The bedrooms are linked to the bathrooms, dressing rooms, libraries and anterooms.’
      • ‘The library and drawing room looked almost normal compared to the bizarre collection of marble busts, classical casts and ancient antiquities that covered the walls of the rooms behind.’
      • ‘The floating glass divider turns up again to encapsulate a private library and two guest bedrooms.’
      • ‘Dominic's room was more like a hotel luxury suite complete with a living room and a private library.’
      • ‘It had a dining room, spacious living room with a central fireplace, an impressive kitchen, a small breakfast room, a large library and a sitting room.’
      • ‘The house has two studies, a library, a 15 ft kitchen, dining room, family room, sitting room, drawing room and two bathrooms.’
      • ‘After adding on more casual spaces, he'll turn a little-used living room into a library, study, or game room.’
      • ‘The castle has a panelled dining room, a library, a billiards room and a grand hall.’
      • ‘He was cordial and invited me to his small private drawing room and library.’
      • ‘It includes a library, kitchen, four main bedrooms, a dressing room, two bathrooms, three further attic bedrooms and a study.’
      • ‘The villa had running water, underfloor heating, bathing facilities, two libraries, a reception room and bedrooms surrounding an internal patio.’
      • ‘The ground floor also features a library and dining room.’
      • ‘After the game room came the three guest rooms, the kitchen, the library, the informal living room and Rob's bedroom.’
      • ‘You can use the kitchen, the library, the living room.’
      • ‘There are two formal reception rooms on the ground floor, as well as a kitchen, breakfast room, library, study, conservatory and guest bathroom.’
      study, studio, library
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    3. 1.3 A series of books or recordings issued by a company as a set.
      • ‘A Dutch publisher plans to release the complete series in a library of 12 hardcovers.’
    4. 1.4 A collection of films, recorded music, etc., organized systematically and kept for research or borrowing:
      ‘a record library’
      • ‘‘He's simpatico with the culture and has a whole library of recorded sounds from that area,’ Karp said.’
      • ‘He left behind a much smaller library of recorded works than Sun Ra, but what a collection it is.’
      • ‘Experts analysing the anthrax used in the US attacks are comparing its DNA with a library of strains collected worldwide.’
      • ‘Often, I've found, it's just the coincidental timing of first hearing and life events that have made them assume a special place in the recording library inside my head.’
      • ‘One may lament the absence of a libretto but the CD version will probably be in most collectors' libraries anyway.’
      • ‘Start your library by researching other denominational hymnals.’
      • ‘The archive functions as a dance library and research center, much like the New York City Public Library's Dance Collection.’
      • ‘This is not a recording to build a library with, then.’
      • ‘This includes photo libraries, research databases and detailed archives.’
    5. 1.5Computing A collection of programs and software packages made generally available, often loaded and stored on disk for immediate use:
      ‘download any of thousands of programs from our software libraries’
      • ‘That said, backward-compatibility is a relatively new feature for consoles - for a long time, buying a next-generation machine meant leaving your software library behind.’
      • ‘He reckons it will take 18 months to get the 4,000 programs in the software library built, and has taken the CD off the market.’
      • ‘At under $20 per title, however, these are great recommendations for a family's home software library, as well as for a teacher's free-time area.’
      • ‘Update the software library to get rid of old software versions, beta versions and out of date service packs.’
      • ‘All [customers] need to do is buy a camera, and the software library and toolkit do the analysis.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin libraria bookshop, feminine (used as a noun) of librarius relating to books, from liber, libr- book.

Pronunciation:

library

/ˈlʌɪbrəri/