Library Li"bra*ry (l[imac]"br[asl]*r[y^]), n.; pl. {Libraries} (-r[i^]z). [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}.] 1. A considerable collection of books kept for use, and not as merchandise; as, a private library; a public library. [1913 Webster]

2. A building or apartment appropriated for holding such a collection of books. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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