library

library place for books, late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. librarie, O.Fr. librairie "collection of books" (14c.), noun use of adj. librarius "concerning books," from L. librarium "chest for books," from liber (gen. libri) "book, paper, parchment," originally "the inner bark of trees," probably a derivative of PIE root *leub(h)- "to strip, to peel" (see LEAF (Cf. leaf)). The equivalent word in most Romance languages now means "bookseller's shop." O.E. had bochord, lit. "book hord."

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