What is library?

  • (noun): A depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study.
    Synonyms: depository library
    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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Library - Islam
... 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 reportedly ...
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 ...
Westminster, Massachusetts - Library
... The Westminster Town Library was established in 1868. 2.97% ($518,171) of its budget on its public library—some $70 per person ...
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 ...
Fontana, California - Education - Lewis Library
... 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 ...

More definitions of "library":

  • (noun): A collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing.
  • (noun): (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use.
    Synonyms: program library, subroutine library
  • (noun): A building that houses a collection of books and other materials.
  • (noun): A room where books are kept.
    Example: "They had brandy in the library"

Famous quotes containing the word library:

    A man’s library is a sort of harem.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    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)

    Readers transform a library from a mausoleum into many theaters.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)