in·​ter·​li·​brary ˌin-tər-ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē How to pronounce interlibrary (audio)
 British usually and US sometimes  -brə-rē;
 British often and US sometimes  -brē,
 nonstandard  -ˌber-ē,
 nonstandard  -ˌbe-rē
variants or less commonly inter-library
: existing or occurring between libraries
an interlibrary loan

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To bolster their inventory, Glenview created an interlibrary loan program to borrow up to 1,000 books from the nearby library. Kaitlin Edquist,, 21 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interlibrary was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Interlibrary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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