library

library
library [lī′brer΄ē, lībrər ē; ] also, though usually regarded as nonstandard, [lī′bər ē]
n.
pl. libraries [ME librarie < OFr < libraire, copyist < L librarius, n., transcriber of books, adj., of books < liber, a book, orig. inner bark or rind of a tree (which was written on) < IE base * leubh-, to peel off > LEAF, Gr lepein, to strip off rind]
1.
a) a collection of books, periodicals, musical scores, films, phonograph records, etc., esp. a large, systematically arranged collection for reading or reference
b) a room or building where such a collection is kept
2. a public or private institution in charge of the care and circulation of such a collection
3. a set or series of books issued in a single format by a publishing house
4. any collection of things that is organized for a particular purpose [a software library]

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