Meaning of “library” in the English Dictionary

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"library" in British English

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librarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlaɪ.brər.i/ us /ˈlaɪ.brer.i/

A2 a building, room, or organization that has a collection, especially of books, for people to read or borrow, usually without payment:

a public/university library
a library book

a collection or set of books or other things, all produced in the same style or about the same subject:

the Penguin Shakespeare Library

More examples

  • The library has three levels, with a conference centre at ground level.
  • This library loans books, CDs and videotapes.
  • Jill spent the past few months doing research in the library.
  • A date stamp inside the front cover of a library book shows when it should be returned.
  • The council has decided that the local public libraries will close on Mondays.

(Definition of “library” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"library" in American English

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librarynoun [ C ]

us /ˈlɑɪˌbrer·i, -brər·i/

a building, room, or organization that has a collection esp. of books, music, and information that can be accessed by computer for people to read, use, or borrow:

a library book
a public library

(Definition of “library” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)