circulating library

a library whose books can be borrowed by its members or subscribers.

1735–45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
circulating library
1.  another name (esp US) for lending library
2.  a small library circulated in turn to a group of schools or other institutions
3.  a rare name for subscription library

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Example sentences
New forums for communication and debate-the newspaper, the circulating library, even the coffee-house-sprang up.
The circulating library is adequate with a variety of books and magazines.
Not circulating library material but a novel teaching tool.
The public is able to access and use non-circulating library materials in the library regardless of format.
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