A library (from French "librairie"; Latin "liber" = book) is an organized collection of resources made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing. It provides physical or digital access to material, and may be a physical building or room, or a virtual space, or both. A library's collection can include books, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, films, maps, prints, documents, microform, CDs, cassettes, videotapes, DVDs, e-books, audiobooks, databases, and other formats. Libraries range in size from a few shelves of books to several million items. In Latin and Greek, the idea of bookcase is represented by Bibliotheca and Bibliothēkē (Greek: βιβλιοθήκη): derivatives of these mean library in many modern languages, e.g. French bibliothèque.
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... The Westminster Town Library was established in 1868. 2.97% ($518,171) of its budget on its public library—some $70 per person ...
... One of the more prominent and well-known landmarks of the city is the Lewis Library and Technology Center, which opened in April 2008 ... It is the largest library in the San Bernardino County Library System ... Located on Sierra Avenue, downtown, some features of the library include New book shelving, reading areas and a Children's Library, named in honor of Dr ...
... In Aleppo, for example, the largest and probably the oldest mosque library, the Sufiya, located at the city's Grand Umayyad Mosque, contained a large book collection of which 10,000 volumes were ...
... The Zachęta library includes catalogues about Polish artists who are working in Poland and abroad, about foreign artists who are working in Poland as well as catalogues about certain ...
... Joplin is served by the Joplin Public Library, which is situated on Main Street between the intersections of 3rd and 4th Streets ... Built in 1981, the current library sits on the historic location of Joplin's most famous landmark, the Connor Hotel, which came crashing down in 1978, one day before scheduled ...
More definitions of "library":
- (noun): A depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study.
Synonyms: depository library
- (noun): (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use.
Synonyms: program library, subroutine library
- (noun): A room where books are kept.
Example: "They had brandy in the library"
- (noun): A building that houses a collection of books and other materials.
Famous quotes containing the word library:
“Readers transform a library from a mausoleum into many theaters.”
—Mason Cooley (b. 1927)
“Our civilization has decided ... that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men.... When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the Founder of Christianity.”
—Gilbert Keith Chesterton (18741936)
“Knowing I loved my books, he furnished me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)