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Definition of "library" []

  • A place in which literary and artistic materials, such as books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, prints, records, and tapes, are kept for reading, reference, or lending. (noun)
  • A collection of such materials, especially when systematically arranged. (noun)
  • A room in a private home for such a collection. (noun)
  • An institution or foundation maintaining such a collection. (noun)
  • A commercial establishment that lends books for a fee. (noun)
  • A room or set of rooms where books and other literary materials are kept (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A collection of literary materials, films, CDs, children's toys, etc, kept for borrowing or reference (noun)
  • The building or institution that houses such a collection (noun)
  • A set of books published as a series, often in a similar format (noun)
  • A collection of standard programs and subroutines for immediate use, usually stored on disk or some other storage device (noun)
  • A collection of specific items for reference or checking against (noun)

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Use "library" in a sentence
  • "Sorry I've not yet read The Shifter; I don't have the money to splurge on it atm, and my library doesn't have it. *nags library*"
  • "The $3,000 grant will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2010 National Library Week theme, 'Communities thrive @ your library®.'"
  • "Libraries across the United States are invited to apply for the $3,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, which will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2010 National Library Week theme, "Communities thrive @ your library®.""