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Meaning of library by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English librarie, from Anglo-Norman librarie, from Old French librairie, from Latin librarium ( “bookcase, chest for books” ), from librarius ( “concerning books” ), from liber ( “the inner bark of trees", "paper", "parchment", "book” ), probably derived from a Proto-Indo-European base * ( leub( h ), “to strip", "to peel” ). Displaced native Middle English bochus, bochous ( “library, bookhouse” ) ( from Old English bōchūs ( “library, bookhouse” ) ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈlaɪbɹəɹɪ/, X-SAMPA: /"laIbr@ri/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈlaɪbɹɛɹi/, X-SAMPA: /"laIbrEri/
    • ( UK, US, nonstandard ) IPA: /ˈlaɪbəɹɪ/, X-SAMPA: /"laIb@ri/


    library ( plural: libraries )

    1. An institution which holds books and/or other forms of stored information for use by the public or qualified people. It is usual, but not a defining feature of a library, for it to be housed in rooms of a building, to lend items of its collection to members either with or without payment, and to provide various other services for its community of users .
    2. A collection of books or other forms of stored information. An individual may refer to his collection of books and other items as his library .
    3. An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library
    4. ( computer science ) A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program .

    Usage notes

    • False friends of library include French librairie ( “bookshop” ) ,Italian libreria ( “bookshop” ) and Portuguese livraria ( “bookshop” ) .

    See also

Explanation of library by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study

    2. a room where books are kept

    3. they had brandy in the library
    4. a building that houses a collection of books and other materials

    5. a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use

    6. a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing