Meaning of LIBRARY in English


■ noun ( plural libraries )

1》 a building or room containing a collection of books and periodicals for use by the public or the members of an institution.

↘a collection of books held in a ~.

↘an organized collection of films, recorded music, etc., kept for research or borrowing: a record ~.

2》 a series of books or recordings issued by a company as a set.

↘(also software ~ ) Computing a collection of programs and software packages made generally available.


ME: via OFr. from L. libraria 'bookshop', from liber , libr- 'book'.

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