Definition of bibliotheca in US English:



  • 1A library.

    • ‘Most libraries have shelves of books that cover a genre or style; a bibliotheca would have entire rooms, specialising in poetry, architecture, science, design and music.’
    • ‘The Bibliotheca Alexandrina will contribute its particular expertise in the search and display of Arabic texts.’
    • ‘The bibliotheca, located close beside the Cathedral, is known for its collection of centuries-old Western books.’
    • ‘As the author notes, it was not uncommon to call an entire Bible a bibliotheca - a ‘library.’’
    • ‘It was not until 1776, however, that the formal foundation of a Bibliotheca Publica was decreed at the Chapter General of the Order.’
    1. 1.1 A list of books in a catalog, especially for use by a bookseller.
      • ‘Mayer has published a bibliotheca of casuists, containing an account of all the writers on cases of conscience.’
      • ‘The same author published a 'Bibliotheca Chirurgica' and a 'Bibliotheca Medicinae Practicae' at Berne and Basel between 1774 and 1788.’
      • ‘He first published a Bibliotheca sacra (1709), an index of all the editions of the Bible.’
      • ‘The learned Professor is also author of several other works, besides a Bibliotheca Arabica, which contains an account of all printed books relating to the Arabic language and literature.’
      • ‘This took the form of a ‘bibliotheca prima’, a list of primary works, which is the first section of the catalogue of his library.’