What is library?

  • (noun): A collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Library

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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Westminster, Massachusetts - Library
... The Westminster Town Library was established in 1868 ... of Westminster spent 2.97% ($518,171) of its budget on its public library—some $70 per person ...
Zachęta - Library
... 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 ...
Library - Islam
... 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 ...
Fontana, California - Education - Lewis Library
... 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 ...
Joplin, Missouri - Education - Library
... 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 demolition ...

More definitions of "library":

  • (noun): A building that houses a collection of books and other materials.
  • (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 depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study.
    Synonyms: depository library

Famous quotes containing the word library:

    That a famous library has been cursed by a woman is a matter of complete indifference to a famous library. Venerable and calm, with all its treasures safe locked within its breast, it sleeps complacently and will, so far as I am concerned, so sleep forever. Never will I wake these echoes, never will I ask for that hospitality again ...
    Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)

    ... the subjective viewpoint is the only one to use regarding a library. Your true library is a collection of the books you want. You may have deplorably poor taste or bad judgment. Never mind. Correct those traits before you exchange your books.
    Carolyn Wells (1862–1942)

    Madam, a circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge; it blossoms through the year. And depend on it ... that they who are so fond of handling the leaves, will long for the fruit at last.
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)