[lahy-brair-ee-uh n] /laɪˈbrɛər i ən/

a person trained in and engaged in service.
a person in charge of a , especially the chief administrative officer of a .
a person who is in charge of any specialized body of literature, as a collection of musical scores.
a person in charge of or assisting in a library

“custodian of a library,” 1713; see library + -an. Earlier form was library-keeper (1640s), and librarian was used earlier in a sense “scribe” (1660s).


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