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circulating library

a library whose books can be borrowed by its members or subscribers.
Origin of circulating library
1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There are many such to be had at any circulating library, written by abler and more fantastic pens.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • This also was a reference library, not a circulating library.

    Handbook of The New York Public Library New York Public Library
  • Again, for three months, the hole served for a circulating library.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • Well then, we'll get some novels from the circulating library.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • She wrote several novels more suited for the circulating library than for serious reading.

  • There was a circulating library that Warren patronized occasionally.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • I was fond of books, and possessed some good ones, besides I had made diligent use of a circulating library in the neighbourhood.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • There is usually a School of Arts, with a circulating library.

    Wheat Growing in Australia Australia Department of External Affairs
  • I always think well of Belpré, because here was established the first circulating library in the Northwest.

    Afloat on the Ohio Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • She shifted from home to home just like a book in a circulating library.

    The Girl Scout's Triumph Katherine Keene Galt
British Dictionary definitions for circulating library

circulating library

another name (esp US) for lending library
a small library circulated in turn to a group of schools or other institutions
a rare name for subscription library
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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