The books themselves, whether at home or at large, are only part of the tale. Libraries, ancient and modern, have something organic about them. They are as difficult to define as the people who use them, and more so, because a book can both be in and out of the library at the same time. A library is at once an accumulation of books, maintained and managed to some end, and the place or places where they are or ought to be found.
A History of Merton College, G.H. Martin