lending library


Definition of lending library

: a library from which materials are lent especially : rental library

Examples of lending library in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Campers choose books from the camp’s lending library. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "Faith, fitness and fun converge at Camp Walter Johnson," 31 May 2018 The program started decades ago and now runs lending libraries in prisons and publishes a guidebook to help people upon release. Max Kutner, Newsweek, "With No Google, the Incarcerated Wait for the Mail," 25 Jan. 2015

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lending library.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of lending library

1708, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lending library

Statistics for lending library

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lending library

The first known use of lending library was in 1708

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lending library

lending library


English Language Learners Definition of lending library

: a library that lends books to people who can take them home and then return them at a later time

More from Merriam-Webster on lending library

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with lending library

Comments on lending library

What made you want to look up lending library? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


behavior toward others

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!