What is alcove?
alcove meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:
A semiprivate recessed area within a library formed when two free-standing shelving units are placed at right angles to one or more units of wall shelving, usually large enough to provide access to materials on the shelves and to accommodate a small number of readers, seated at desks or around a study table (click here to see an example at the Library of Congress). The architect Sir Christopher Wren is credited with originating thisstyle of seating in his design of the library at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1676. Synonymous with cell. See also: carrel.