What does library mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. library(noun)

    a room where books are kept

    "they had brandy in the library"

  2. library(noun)

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

  3. library, depository library(noun)

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

  4. library, program library, subroutine library(noun)

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

  5. library(noun)

    a building that houses a collection of books and other materials


  1. library(Noun)

    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. library(Noun)

    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. library(Noun)

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

  4. library(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Library(noun)

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

  2. Library(noun)

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

  3. Origin: [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

    A type of building created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, sizes and styles used to store, loan and reference books, data, information, documents and other necessary and vital information for members of the public to access.

    The village library was used primarily by the local people daily.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

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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

How to pronounce library?

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How to say library in sign language?

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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. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

    When in doubt, go to the library.

  2. Victor Hugo:

    A library implies an act of faith.

  3. Unknown:

    A library is an arsenal of liberty.

  4. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 2:

    My library Was dukedom large enough.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    A good library at home is a giant empire inside the house.

Images & Illustrations of library

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