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library British & World English

A building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for use or borrowing by the public or the members of an institution

film library British & World English

A collection of films, kept for research or for borrowing or renting

gene library British & World English

A collection of DNA fragments cloned from a particular organism

British Library British & World English

The national library of Britain, containing the former library departments of the British Museum. The principal copyright library, it was established separately from the British Museum in 1972, and moved to a new headquarters in 1998

lending library British & World English

A public library from which books may be borrowed and taken away for a short time

library edition British & World English

An edition of a book which is of large size and has good-quality print and binding, especially the standard edition of a writer’s works

library school British & World English

A graduate school of a university teaching library science

library science British & World English

The study of librarianship

rental library British & World English

A library which rents books and other material for a fee

library edition New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

standard edition of an author's work

Bodleian Library British & World English

The library of Oxford University, one of six copyright libraries in the UK

copyright library British & World English

A library entitled to a free copy of each book published in the UK. The copyright libraries in the British Isles are the British Library, the Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Wales, the National Library of Scotland, and the library of Trinity College, Dublin

reference library British & World English

A library, typically one holding many reference books, in which the books are not for loan but may be read on site

circulating library British & World English

A small library with books lent for a small fee to subscribers

Library of Congress British & World English

The US national library, in Washington DC

Library of Congress New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

US national library, Washington DC

interlibrary British & World English

Between libraries

software library in library British & World English

A collection of programs and software packages made generally available, often loaded and stored on disk for immediate use


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