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It makes sense to say "library of books". Is it legitimate to use the word "library" in other contexts.

For example, could one have a "library of hedgehogs" or a "library of apples"?

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The collective noun for hedgehogs is either "nest" or "array", according to christchurchcitylibraries.com/kids/animals/groups – Agi Hammerthief Mar 21 '14 at 21:01
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  1. A place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, as a room, set of rooms, or building where books may be read or borrowed.
  2. A collection of any materials for study and enjoyment


The word library is often used for categorical collections. It could be a collection of refrence materials. Books or other forms of media like audio cd's, DVD's and magazines are forms of reference and entertainment. You could simply say you have a 'collection of hedgehogs' or use a thesaurus to find synonyms.

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I think a library implies that the objects are labeled or organized in some fashion, or used as a reference. So perhaps if you had a museum of stuffed hedgehogs from different time periods you could refer to it as a library of hedgehogs.

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I like it: In his back yard, he planted a library of roses. – GEdgar Nov 20 '11 at 20:00

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