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Definitions for public library
pub·lic li·bra·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. public librarynoun

    a nonprofit library maintained for public use

Wiktionary

  1. public librarynoun

    A library provided essentially as a public service rather than as a commercial venture.

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  1. Public library

    A public library is a library that is accessible by the general public and is usually funded from public sources, such as taxes. It is operated by librarians and library paraprofessionals, who are also civil servants. There are five fundamental characteristics shared by public libraries: they are generally supported by taxes (usually local, though any level of government can and may contribute); they are governed by a board to serve the public interest; they are open to all, and every community member can access the collection; they are entirely voluntary in that no one is ever forced to use the services provided; and they provide basic services without charge.Public libraries exist in many countries across the world and are often considered an essential part of having an educated and literate population. Public libraries are distinct from research libraries, school libraries, and other special libraries in that their mandate is to serve the general public's information needs rather than the needs of a particular school, institution, or research population. Public libraries also provide free services such as preschool story times to encourage early literacy, quiet study and work areas for students and professionals, or book clubs to encourage appreciation of literature in adults. Public libraries typically allow users to borrow books and other materials, i.e., take off the premises temporarily; they also have non-circulating reference collections and provide computer and Internet access to patrons.

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  1. Public library

    A public library is a library that is accessible by the general public and is generally funded from public sources and operated by civil servants. There are five fundamental characteristics shared by public libraries. The first is that they are generally supported by taxes; they are governed by a board to serve the public interest; they are open to all and every community member can access the collection; they are entirely voluntary in that no one is ever forced to use the services provided; and public libraries provide basic services without charge. Public libraries exist in many countries across the world and are often considered an essential part of having an educated and literate population. Public libraries are distinct from research libraries, school libraries, and other special libraries in that their mandate is to serve the general public's information needs. Public Libraries also provide free services such as preschool story times to encourage early literacy, quiet study and work areas for students and professionals, or book clubs to encourage appreciation of literature in adults. Public libraries typically allow users to take books and other materials off the premises temporarily; they also have non-circulating reference collections and provide computer and Internet access to patrons.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of public library in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of public library in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of public library in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Tilotta for CNN '':

    I've seen people coming in using newspaper, tissues or socks, one woman was taking paper out of a public library and using that.

  2. Joshua Wong:

    If basic freedom still exists under National Security Law, how come the book I published when I was still in high school was banned in the Hong Kong public library ? national Security Law's not only about the political rights any more. National Security Law's not only about the rights of protesters. National Security Law's about the fundamental freedom or liberty that everyone cherish in this city, being eroded and fade out already.

  3. Andra Addison:

    It's why libraries continue to be relevant. where else can you go Seattle Public Library offers all this for free ? Whether you're in a three-piece suit or a three-day beard, you can go into a library and be welcomed.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    When you go to your public library, when you call your fire department or the police department, what do you think you're calling? these are socialist institutions.

  5. Samuel Johnson:

    No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.


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