n. a space used to store items of continuing value, particularly records; a storehouse  an institution focused on the care and storage of items of continuing value, particularly records


The term repository1 can refer to any storehouse holding any type of material. Archivists generally use the term to refer to storage venues holding paper or digital records, and even both. The term, however, can be used for storage areas that hold nothing but books or museum artifacts, though for archivists this term is employed to cover whatever cultural materials held by an archives. A repository2 is the organization that runs the physical or digital repository, although it is occasionally impossible to separate one sense of the word from another in a sentence.