What does library mean?

Definitions for library
ˈlaɪˌbrɛr i, -brə ri, -bri; ˈlaɪ brɛr i; ˈlaɪ bə ri; ˈlaɪ bri; ˈlaɪ bɛr ili·bra·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. librarynoun

    a room where books are kept

    "they had brandy in the library"

  2. librarynoun

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

  3. library, depository librarynoun

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

  4. library, program library, subroutine librarynoun

    (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use

  5. librarynoun

    a building that houses a collection of books and other materials


  1. librarynoun

    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. librarynoun

    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. librarynoun

    An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library

  4. librarynoun

    A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program.

  5. Etymology: librarie, from librarie, from librairie, from librarium, from librarius, from liber, probably derived from a Proto-Indo-European base *. Displaced native bochus (from bochus).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Librarynoun

    A large collection of books, publick or private.

    Etymology: librarie, Fr.

    Then as they ’gan his library to view,
    And antique registers for to avise,
    There chanced to the prince’s hand to rise
    An ancient book, hight Briton’s monuments. Fa. Qu.

    Make choice of all my library,
    And so beguile thy sorrow. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.

    I have given you the library of a painter, and a catalogue of such books as he ought to read. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.


  1. Library

    A library is a collection of materials, books or media that are accessible for use and not just for display purposes. A library provides physical (hard copies) or digital access (soft copies) materials, and may be a physical location or a virtual space, or both. A library's collection can include printed materials and other physical resources in many formats such as DVD, CD and cassette as well as access to information, music or other content held on bibliographic databases. A library, which may vary widely in size, may be organized for use and maintained by a public body such as a government; an institution such as a school or museum; a corporation; or a private individual. In addition to providing materials, libraries also provide the services of librarians who are trained and experts at finding, selecting, circulating and organizing information and at interpreting information needs, navigating and analyzing very large amounts of information with a variety of resources. Library buildings often provide quiet areas for studying, as well as common areas for group study and collaboration, and may provide public facilities for access to their electronic resources; for instance: computers and access to the Internet. The library's clientele and services offered vary depending on its type: users of a public library have different needs from those of a special library or academic library, for example. Libraries may also be community hubs, where programs are delivered and people engage in lifelong learning. Modern libraries extend their services beyond the physical walls of a building by providing material accessible by electronic means, including from home via the Internet. The services that libraries offer are variously described as library services, information services, or the combination "library and information services", although different institutions and sources define such terminology differently.


  1. library

    A library is a collection of sources of information and similar resources, which can be in different formats like books, manuscripts, CDs, films, or digital media. These resources are made accessible to a defined community for reference, borrowing, research, or self-education. Libraries can be found in various institutions, such as schools, universities, communities, or may operate independently as public libraries. It is typically overseen by librarians who are skilled in information management and customer service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Librarynoun

    a considerable collection of books kept for use, and not as merchandise; as, a private library; a public library

  2. Librarynoun

    a building or apartment appropriated for holding such a collection of books

  3. Etymology: [OE. librairie, F. librairie bookseller's shop, book trade, formerly, a library, fr. libraire bookseller, L. librarius, from liber book; cf. libraria bookseller's shop, librarium bookcase, It. libreria. See Libel.]


  1. Library

    In computer science, a library is a collection of implementations of behavior, written in terms of a language, that has a well-defined interface by which the behavior is invoked. In addition, the behavior is provided for reuse by multiple independent programs. A program invokes the library-provided behavior via a mechanism of the language. For example, in a simple imperative language such as C, the behavior in a library is invoked by using C's normal function-call. What distinguishes the call as being to a library, versus being to another function in the same program, is the way that the code is organized in the system. Library code is organized in such a way that it can be used by multiple programs that have no connection to each other, while code that is part of a program is organized to only be used within that one program. This distinction can gain a hierarchical notion when a program grows large, such as a multi-million-line program. In that case, there may be internal libraries that are reused by independent sub-portions of the large program. The distinguishing feature is that a library is organized for the purposes of being reused by independent programs or sub-programs, and the user only needs to know the interface, and not the internal details of the library.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Library

    lī′brar-i, n. a building or room containing a collection of books: a collection of books.—ns. Librā′rian, the keeper of a library; Librā′rianship. [L. librariumliber, a book.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. library

    A place where the dead lie.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Fr. _libre_, meaning free, and proper name ANDY. Something free from Andy Carnegie.

Editors Contribution

  1. library

    It is a collection of information resources in different format which are systematically acquired, processed, organise stored,retrieved and disseminated to the users for their information needs . Which could be accessed physically or electronically

    Submitted by rinat on November 27, 2022  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Library

    From the Latin librarium, a bookcase, through liber, a book.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'library' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1246

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'library' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1611

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'library' in Nouns Frequency: #428

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of library in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of library in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of library in a Sentence

  1. John K. Hutchens:

    I do not mean to suggest that our handsome, newly enlarged library is to be a headquarters of busy bookworms, old and young, routinely absorbing knowledge by the hour while birds sing outside and the Mets fight it out for last place in the National League. On the contrary, a good library is a joyful place where the imagination roams free, and life is actively enriched.

  2. Harry Emerson Fosdick:

    Life is a library owned by an author. It has a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.

  3. John Goodby:

    Personally, I'd like to see the National Library of Wales or the British Library put in a bid, to stop it from leaving the country, if possible.

  4. Mark Twain:

    Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.

  5. Clement Alexander Price:

    The conditions that created the modern American public library are still relevant to any discussion about contemporary and future issues facing those who care about libraries, specifically trustees. To serve as a trustee of a public library places a citizen on an even higher ground shaped by the better part of modern American history. To be a trustee of a public library places one very close to major transformations in American life and culture.

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