library[lī′brer′ē, -brər ē; also, though usually regarded as nonstandard, lī′bər ē]
- The definition of a library is a collection of books, or is a room or a building where collections of books are stored.
- An example of a library is 10 mystery novels that you own.
- An example of a library is a room in your house with bookshelves and lots of books.
- An example of a library is a building you visit in your town where you are allowed to get a card to check out books.
The interior of a public library.
- a collection of books, periodicals, musical scores, films, phonograph records, etc., esp. a large, systematically arranged collection for reading or reference
- a room or building where such a collection is kept
- a public or private institution in charge of the care and circulation of such a collection
- a set or series of books issued in a single format by a publishing house
- any collection of things that is organized for a particular purpose: a software library
Origin of libraryMiddle English librarie ; from Old French ; from libraire, copyist ; from Classical Latin librarius, noun , transcriber of books, adj., of books ; from liber, a book, origin, originally inner bark or rind of a tree (which was written on) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leubh-, to peel off from source leaf, Classical Greek lepein, to strip off rind
- a. A place in which reading materials, such as books, periodicals, and newspapers, and often other materials such as musical and video recordings, are kept for use or lending.b. A collection of such materials, especially when systematically arranged.c. A room in a private home for such a collection.d. An institution or foundation maintaining such a collection.
- A set of things similar to a library in appearance, function, or organization, especially:a. A series of books issued by a publisher.b. A collection of standard routines used in computer programs, usually stored as an executable file.c. A collection of cloned DNA sequences whose location and identity can be established by mapping the genome of a particular organism.d. A collection of proteins generated from the collected DNA sequences that express them, used for tracking metabolic functions of proteins in diseases such as cancer, for the synthesis of new drugs, and for other proteomics research.
Origin of libraryMiddle English librarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin librārium, bookcase, from neuter of librārius, of books, from liber, libr-, inner bark of trees used as a writing material, book.
- An institution which holds books and/or other forms of stored information for use by the public or qualified people. It is usual, but not a defining feature of a library, for it to be housed in rooms of a building, to lend items of its collection to members either with or without payment, and to provide various other services for its community of users.
- A collection of books or other forms of stored information.
- An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library
- (computer science) A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program.
- Foreign words of similar form to library but differing in meaning include French librairie (“bookshop”) ,Italian libreria (“bookshop”) and Portuguese livraria (“bookshop”).
Middle English librarie, from Anglo-Norman librarie, from Old French librairie, from Latin librarium (“bookcase, chest for books”), from librarius (“concerning books”), from liber (“the inner bark of trees, paper, parchment, book”), probably derived from a Proto-Indo-European base *leub(h) (“to strip, to peel”). Displaced native Middle English bochus, bochous (“library, bookhouse”) (from Old English bōchūs (“library, bookhouse”)).
library - Computer Definition
(1) See Windows Libraries.
(2) Any electronic collection of files or links to files. For example, the Library in Apple's iTunes software includes music, movies, TV shows, books, apps, ringtones and Internet radio links.
(3) A collection of software routines that programmers incorporate into their applications. The library routines are linked into the program when it is compiled. See class library.
(4) In the Unix/Linux world, an executable software module that augments the operating system's functionality. The equivalent in the Windows world is called a "dynamic link library" (see DLL).
(5) A collection of offline program or data files on disk or tape. See data library.