What is library?

  • (noun): (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use.
    Synonyms: program library, subroutine library
    See also — Additional definitions below


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
... 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ... 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 ...
Westminster, Massachusetts - Library
... The Westminster Town Library was established in 1868 ... town of Westminster spent 2.97% ($518,171) of its budget on its public library—some $70 per person ...

More definitions of "library":

  • (noun): A depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study.
    Synonyms: depository 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.
  • (noun): A collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing.

Famous quotes containing the word library:

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

    Knowing I loved my books, he furnished me
    From mine own library with volumes that
    I prize above my dukedom.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    ... 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)