lending library


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

Examples of lending library in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the nation’s first lending library did let members borrow science equipment, such as telescopes and air pumps, says Michael Barsanti, its executive director. Jackie Valley, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 May 2023 Not a bookstore, but an unusual free and independent community lending library run by Julie Rockefeller. Betsy Groban, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Apr. 2023 First of all, there is the prestige of John Steinbeck’s novel which has had an immense circulation, particularly in the lending library field. Jack Moffitt, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Mar. 2023 WorldOregon, based in Portland and founded in 1950 as the World Affairs Council of Oregon, works to raise awareness of global affairs through its speaker series and other talks, an international visitor program, a high school leadership program, a culture box lending library and other programs. oregonlive, 12 Apr. 2022 They’re instantly archived, so what is normally a festival has instead become a public lending library of videos. New York Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Among those services are: a resource guide and lending library; Camp Sp’Arc, an inclusive summer camp; caregiver and support training; and employment and networking opportunities. Maria Morales, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2023 Several years later, the club and its lending library moved to nearby quarters in the Knox-Bacon Building at 34 E. Pine St., where a brass plaque pays homage to these women who put books in the hands of others, for free. Joy Wallace Dickinson, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Jan. 2023 The operation of the federal government is not as simple as a lending library. Jonathan Abel, Time, 18 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lending library was in 1708

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“Lending library.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lending%20library. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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