- ( UK ) IPA: /ˈlaɪbɹəɹɪ/, X-SAMPA: /"laIbr@ri/
- ( US ) IPA: /ˈlaɪbɹɛɹi/, X-SAMPA: /"laIbrEri/
- ( UK, US, nonstandard ) IPA: /ˈlaɪbəɹɪ/, X-SAMPA: /"laIb@ri/
- 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 .
- 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 .
- An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library
- ( computer science ) A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program .
- bookshop, bookstore, bookhouse
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” ) ) .
Explanation of library by Wordnet Dictionary