the stacks

plural noun

: the rows of shelves where books are stored in a library

Examples of the stacks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fueled by the stacks of wood littering the construction site, the flames grew, and not everyone could evacuate. Julia Coin, Charlotte Observer, 6 May 2024 During the same era in Britain, philanthropists donated books to libraries for community enrichment, but only among the stacks; these libraries did not generally circulate books. Elizabeth Webster, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 The smoke pouring from the stacks, and clouds of contaminants were both going into Norwood and settling there back into the 1940s. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2024 Back then, the stacks of paper records could tower 18 inches tall. Katie Palmer and Casey Ross, STAT, 13 Mar. 2024 Wearing his blue cap and a trench coat, Mr. Wrenn scoured the stacks of vintage art books. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 There were photos stashed everywhere, many tucked into the stacks of Yellow Pages phone books in Wally’s bedroom closet, warped and stained from water damage. Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 If the library’s got bugs, and death beetles infested it in the 1970s, well, the stacks can turn into freezers. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024 The Gutenberg Bible and Audubon’s four-volume baby-elephant-size Birds of America are on permanent display in a gallery space that wraps around the base of the stacks. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024

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“The stacks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20stacks. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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