- 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.
library definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
library definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. li·brar·ies
- a. A place in which literary and artistic materials, such as books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, prints, records, and tapes, are kept for reading, reference, 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 commercial establishment that lends books for a fee.
- A series or set of books issued by a publisher.
- A collection of recorded data or tapes arranged for ease of use.
- A set of things similar to a library in appearance, function, or organization: a library of computer programs.
- Genetics A collection of cloned DNA sequences whose location and identity can be established by mapping the genome of a particular organism.
Origin: Middle English librarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin librārium, bookcase, from neuter of librārius, of books, from liber, libr-, book.
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.