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lending library

Also called circulating library, rental library. a small library that is maintained by a commercial establishment, as a drugstore, and is composed largely of current books that are lent to customers for a fee.
Chiefly British. a public library that lends materials or the division or section of it that carries out this function.
Origin of lending library
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Guests can swim at the indoor pool, relax in the hot tub or pick up a book at the lending library.
  • The clubhouse offers exercise equipment, a lending library, public telephone and mail room.
  • It also has a lending library with books and movies.
  • The inn features an indoor pool, fitness center and lending library.
  • The hotel offers such free perks as afternoon tea and a lending library.
  • Two outdoor swimming pools, a lending library and a full-service spa with multiple therapy treatments are located on the property.
  • Additional amenities include a lending library, a rec room and an exercise room.
  • The park's lending library offers books for younger children.
  • Charges for lost or damaged books are billed to you at whatever rate the lending library charges.
  • If an item is returned late and there are overdue fines from the lending library, you are responsible for the charges.
British Dictionary definitions for lending library

lending library

Also called (esp US) circulating library. the department of a public library providing books for use outside the building
a small commercial library
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