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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. 2016.
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  • I shall be there all the afternoon giving out the lending-library books, and a good many volumes need re-covering.

    Robin Redbreast Mary Louisa Molesworth
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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