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 ... spent 2.97% ($518,171) of its budget on its public library—some $70 per person ...
Fontana, California - Education - Lewis Library
... 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 ... 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 ...
Library - Islam
... 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 ...
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 certain cycles of exhibitions ...

More definitions of "library":

  • (noun): A building that houses a collection of books and other materials.
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word library:

    The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one’s children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them.
    Bruno Bettelheim (20th century)

    It is the interest one takes in books that makes a library. And if a library have interest it is; if not, it isn’t.
    Carolyn Wells (1862–1942)

    ... as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the ideal library is in the wish of its maker.
    Carolyn Wells (1862–1942)