I can only think of librarily and librarish. Can I use those? Are there other better alternatives?


The topic of this book isn't very "[...]". I don't think you should donate it.

  • Please provide the context of how you intend to use the word.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jan 9 '15 at 13:50
  • @AndrewLeach OK, done.
    – janoChen
    Jan 9 '15 at 13:55
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    I think something like suitable would fit there. Or maybe "suitable for the library".
    – Andrew Leach
    Jan 9 '15 at 14:04
  • Archival isn't quite what you want, but the sentence could be reworked to make it fit. Jan 9 '15 at 14:18
  • "The topic of this book isn't very library-appropriate"? Alternatively, if it's an informal setting, I like the idea of just italicizing: "The topic of this book isn't very library." That's how I would say it in everyday speech.
    – EFrog
    Jan 9 '15 at 15:35


It seemed like the natural option to me, and when I searched for it I found it in at least Wiktionary and the Urban dictionary. It is rare though, and Google only has about 5000 pages in total for it. Wiktionary notes that it is more common to use library as an attributive noun.


"The topic of this book isn't very library friendly?"


Bibliothecal--(adj) Relating to a bibliotheca (library). CollinsDictionary.com

  • Fun answer. Maybe they'll stick around to find a dictionary and look that one up. :)
    – Paul Rowe
    Mar 6 '15 at 20:33

What about Libraic, or might that refer to the base word libra? (i.e., etymologically Latin 'libra' vs. 'liber')

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