• WordNet 3.6
    • n library a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
    • n library a room where books are kept "they had brandy in the library"
    • n library a building that houses a collection of books and other materials
    • n library (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use
    • n library a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Detail of the Library Table Detail of the Library Table
The Finished Library Table The Finished Library Table
Uncle Henry's Library Uncle Henry's Library
The Henry Grace à Dieu. Pepysian Library, Cambridge The Henry Grace à Dieu. Pepysian Library, Cambridge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes
    • Library A building or apartment appropriated for holding such a collection of books.
    • Library A considerable collection of books kept for use, and not as merchandise; as, a private library; a public library.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Library of Congress, located in Washington D.C., is the largest library in the world
    • n library A place set apart for the keeping and use of books and other literary material; a room, set of rooms, or a building in which a collection of books for reading or study is kept.
    • n library A collection of books, whether manuscript or printed, which may include also pamphlets, maps, and other literary material, intended for reading, study, or reference, as distinguished from a bookseller's stock, which is intended for sale. Libraries are of different kinds and classes according to the tastes of their owners, the readers for whom they are designed, their contents, and the manner in which they may be used, as private, public, special or professional, general, consulting or circulating, etc.
    • n library See the adjectives.
    • n library Specifically, a collection or stock of books kept exclusively for lending out, as a private enterprise, either for a fixed payment on each or for a periodical subscription.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
    • n Library lī′brar-i a building or room containing a collection of books: a collection of books
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  • Herbert Samuel
    Herbert Samuel
    “A library is thought in cold storage.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.”
  • Hugo Ball
    Hugo Ball
    “We should burn all libraries and allow to remain only that which everyone knows by heart. A beautiful age of the legend would then begin.”
  • Norman Cousins
    “A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A man's library is a sort of harem.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Your library is your paradise.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. librairie, F. librairie, bookseller's shop, book trade, formerly, a library, fr. libraire, bookseller, L. librarius, from liber, book; cf. libraria, bookseller's shop, librarium, bookcase, It. libreria,. See Libel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. librariumliber, a book.


In literature:

It possessed the most important library in the world, and students and sages from all parts of the world flocked to this place of learning.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Whether the library be a student's library or a general library, a catalogue is essential.
"The Private Library" by Arthur L. Humphreys
The spoliation of public libraries at home and abroad is an aspect of the question or subject neither very agreeable nor very flattering.
"The Book-Collector" by William Carew Hazlitt
We might advertise at the Library, or put cards in the shops.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
The following list contains only those in my own library.
"Notes and Queries, Number 192, July 2, 1853" by Various
Let the catalogues of PUBLIC COLLECTIONS, when they are well arranged, be received into your library.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The college library occupied the east half of the floor, while the west side was divided between the two society libraries.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Some time later Uncle Zack opened the library door, announced dinner, and left unheard.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
Anne began to light the candles, and Lydia went back to the library.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Well; is my education to be neglected because you fear I shall injure the daintily-bound books in the human library?
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan

In poetry:

And I hear no rustle of stiff brocade,
And I see no face at my library door;
For now that the ghosts of my heart are laid,
She is viewless for evermore.
"A Newport Romance" by Francis Bret Harte
Provide you manlier diet. You have seen
All libraries, which are schools, camps, and courts ;
But ask your garners if you have not been
In harvest too indulgent to your sports.
"To Sir Henry Goodyere" by John Donne
And in his library he set
These bones so woe-begone;
I have no doubt his eyes were wet
To scan that skeleton.
That grinning skull from which in season
Emerged the Age of Reason.
"Tom Paine" by Robert W Service
When the recreation hour was done
Each went in to her task. Alone
In the library, with its great north light,
Clotilde wrought at an exquisite
Wreath of flowers
For her Book of Hours.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
My library is noble planned,
Yet in it desolate I stand;
And though my thousand books I prize,
Feeling a witling in their eyes,
I turn from them in weariness
To wallow in the Daily Press.
"My Library" by Robert W Service
So every spring these branches load their shelves,
like libraries with newly published leaves,
till waste recycles them—paper to snow—
but, at zero of suffering, one mind
lasts like this oak with a few brazen leaves.
"Forest Of Europe" by Derek Walcott

In news:

Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library director Andrea Ingmire and Carousel Play and Learn Center director Stacy Allgeier assisted several young Carousel students during a library ribbon cutting Tuesday morning.
As yet, we have no idea where it will be or even when it will be, but our city's library board promises that a library is coming, and it will be even bigger and better and more beautiful than the library we lost in June.
The Board of Trustees of the Beaman Memorial Public Library wishes to thank the community for its support of the library's Centennial Celebration.
Maria Limon, 72, returns four books to library assistant Norma Rosales (partially seen at left) during the opening of the El Centro Public Library's new site in El Centro on Thursday.
Dr Ching-chih Chen, professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, has been selected as the recipient of the American Library Association's 2008 Beta Phi Mu Award.
A trained expert from KRLS will come to the Pequot Lakes Library on Thursday, Oct 18, to offer training to library volunteer staff from 4-5:30 pm and to the general public from 6:30-8 p.m.
With an Orleans Public Library card and a PIN number, library patrons can download free ebooks.
The meeting between the Steele Library Steering Committee and library consultant Phil Barton has been postponed to April 6.
A special free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Tuesday, Nov 27, at 7 pm in the library's community room.
The Central Library Consortium will grow to 11 library systems serving 1.4 million residents across six counties with nearly 1.2 million titles, doubling the number of titles all of the libraries now offer their patrons.
The Reading Public Library Trustees voted Monday afternoon to adopt a new policy on the hours at the branch libraries.
On a beautiful September evening, the volunteers of Friends' Memorial Public Library were celebrated Sept 17 at a picnic- cookout held inside and outside the library in Kane.
The Estes Valley Library and Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park invite library visitors to make donations of non-perishable food items beginning Sunday, Nov 11 through Wednesday, Nov 21.
Over the past few years, our Fairmont Library staff has noticed a definite drop in library use on Saturdays.
Homer Library Earns 'Star Library' Designation .

In science:

This is the well-studied Tsetlin library, or weighted randomto-top shuffle, which arises in the study of dynamic list-management in computer science.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Section 5 treats the q -analogue of the Tsetlin library mentioned above.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Example: A q-analogue of the Tsetlin library The random walk in this section is based on a quotient ¯Fn,q of the semigroup Fn,q (Section 1.4).
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Recall that the multiplicities of the eigenvalues for the Tsetlin library and its q -analogue are the derangement numbers and their q -analogues.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
As a simple example, we write out the formulas for the Tsetlin library with uniform weights in Section 8.6.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains