Pronunciation: (lī'brer"ē, -bru-rē, -brē),[key] —n., —pl.-brar•ies. 1. a place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, as a room, set of rooms, or building where books may be read or borrowed.
2. a public body organizing and maintaining such an establishment.
3. a collection of manuscripts, publications, and other materials for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference.
4. a collection of any materials for study and enjoyment, as films, musical recordings, or maps.
5. a commercial establishment lending books for a fixed charge; a lending library.
6. a series of books of similar character or alike in size, binding, etc., issued by a single publishing house.
7. Biol.a collection of standard materials or formulations by which specimens are identified.
8. canon1 (def. 9).
9. Computers.a collection of software or data usually reflecting a specific theme or application.