A depository is a place where things are kept or stored. You might call your city's Natural History Museum a depository of local dinosaur fossils.

A library could also be called a book depository, since books are stored there, and the official name of Fort Knox, which once stored much of the gold in the US, is the United States Bullion Depository. The word depository literally means "place where things are deposited," from the Latin root deponere, "lay aside or deposit," combining de-, "away," and ponere, "to put."

Definitions of depository

n a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

deposit, depositary, repository
Hagia Sophia
a 6th century masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in Istanbul; built as a Christian church, converted to a mosque in 1453, and made into a museum in the middle of the 20th century
Louvre Museum
an art museum that is a famous tourist attraction in Paris
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a depository containing historical records and documents
bank, bank building
a building in which the business of banking transacted
a central depository where things can be left or picked up
depository library, library
a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
repository in a public building where lost articles can be kept until their owners reclaim them
a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value
a storehouse where a stock of things is kept
sperm bank
a depository for storing sperm
depot, entrepot, storage, store, storehouse
a depository for goods
a depository (a room or building) where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely
athenaeum, atheneum
a place where reading materials are available
an office of archives for public or ecclesiastic records; a court of public records
a place where supplies can be stored
garner, granary
a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed
circulating library, lending library
library that provides books for use outside the building
magazine, powder magazine, powder store
a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored
a drop where mail can be deposited
a railroad depot in a theater of operations where military supplies are unloaded for distribution
science museum
a museum that collects and displays objects having scientific interest
treasure house
a storehouse for treasures
storage warehouse, warehouse
a storehouse for goods and merchandise
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facility, installation
a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry

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