library

A library is a place where collections of books are kept. If you ever want a reminder of how very much there is to learn in this world, pay a visit to your local library.

The noun library, meaning, “a room or building where books are housed,” comes from the Latin librarium “chest for books.” That, in turn, evolved from the Latin liber, a word meaning “book, paper, parchment,” and, more literally, “the inner bark of trees.” The writer Jorge Luis Borges said, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” What would your vision of paradise look like?

DEFINITIONS OF: library

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

Synonyms:
depository library
Types:
athenaeum, atheneum
a place where reading materials are available
circulating library, lending library
library that provides books for use outside the building
Type of:
deposit, depositary, depository, repository
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

n a room where books are kept

“they had brandy in the library
Type of:
room
an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling

n a building that houses a collection of books and other materials

Examples:
United States National Library of Medicine
the world's largest medical library
Type of:
building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

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

Types:
bibliotheca
a collection of books
public library
a nonprofit library maintained for public use
rental collection
a collection of books that can be rented by readers in return for a small daily fee
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

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

Synonyms:
program library, subroutine library
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole
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