Definition of rental library in English:

rental library


  • A library which rents books and other material for a fee.

    • ‘The DVD rental library, which boasts of an exhaustive collection of movies ranging from current blockbusters to all-time classics and a mind-boggling range of world cinema, attracts cineastes in droves.’
    • ‘Both institutions were profit-seeking rental libraries designed to appeal to the mass market.’
    • ‘The emergence of widely-available media resources primarily on videotape in the last 20 years has reduced reliance on rental libraries.’