Aw, don't be silly. Well, I think so. So we'll say, "There're books in the library." We can also say, "We know there're not lots of foods or drinks in the library, but only books."

  • Most English speakers use there's instead of they're nowadays, even when referring to multiple things. "There's a pen, a book and a compass on the table." Search this site for there is or there's. Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 1:35
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    @Clare - That's different. It's distributing "is" over a list. And "there're" is used all the time by native English speakers. (And "they're" is also used, but it means something entirely different.)
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  • Your second sentence would more properly be "We know there's not a lot of food or drinks in the library, only books."
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    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 2:13

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This seems to be used in spoken English at times (especially in North America), but I never see it in writing.

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