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

Examples of interlibrary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This interlibrary loan initiative has only grown over the last 90 years, Schlarman said. Kaitlin Edquist,, 21 Dec. 2020 The remaining 45,000 square feet are home to one of the largest automotive libraries in the world, which coordinates with scholars on historiographical research, sponsors a fellowship, and participates in the interlibrary lending program for those who can’t come to southwest Florida. Mark Yost, WSJ, 20 Mar. 2021 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 26 May. 2024.

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