Belatedly throwing in two cents, for what it's worth:
If I am writing about the library as a building or facility, I use lower-case "l": "The back of the library smells like weed." [This is an "Onion" reference, in case any raises an eyebrow.]
If I am writing about the library as a [municipal] department, agency, or entity of people, I use upper-case "L": "The Library was pleased to welcome poet Robert Frost for his reading, 'Clearly I Am an Imposter.'"
[I use "state" and "State" in a similar manner: Maine is a huge state. Responsibility for this grant will be handled by the State.]
I've done a lot of proofreading over the years and you can make a case for however you want to do it. Really the only rules that matter are that you write it in a way that clearly makes sense to your audience, and that you are consistent with whichever way you do write it.
I love discussions like this! Thank you for the smile.
Lisa M. Shaw
Maine State Library – Library Development
Rural & Small Libraries/Workforce Development Specialist
64 State House Station
Augusta ME 04333-0064
(207) 747-8717 (mobile)
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For those of you interested in the consensus as to whether to use "L" or "l" when referring to our libraries - it was almost a tie - with the "l"
taking the lead by one vote!!!
Thank you all for your input - it will be a great point of discussion at our next Board/board meeting. ;-)
Here is a helpful link which Andrea DeBiase kindly shared:
Think Spring! !💥