turn retail stores into their own private <libraries> [library]

Fujibei

Senior Member
Japanese
I came across the following sentence in a blog article and wonder if the word library is commonly used to refer to a collection of things other than books.
I cannot find definitions other than a place for a collection of books in my dictionaries.

"Instead of purchasing what they need like a normal customer, wardrobers turn retail stores into their own private libraries."
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    This looks like an indirect reference to the idea that wardrobers borrow clothes from retail stores.

    We have many "lending libraries" in the U.S. that allow library members to borrow books for short periods of time. The writer is telling you that wardrobers borrow clothes from retailers as though they were borrowing books from a lending library.
     
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