Readers borrow record-setting number of digital titles from libraries in 2015
In 2015, readers from around the world continued to recognize the awesomeness of having access to their library anytime, anywhere by borrowing a record 169 million digital titles, a 24% growth over 2014. These numbers included 125 million eBook titles and 43 million audiobooks. Streaming Video titles were also very popular with 83% growth from 2014.
As for the most popular titles borrowed we saw some familiar faces and some new ones as well:
Top eBooks borrowed from libraries
- The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins (Penguin Publishing Group)
- All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
- Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Crown/Archetype)
- The Martian, Andy Weir (Crown/Archetype)
- Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee (HarperCollins)
Top digital audiobooks borrowed from libraries
- The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins (Books on Tape)
- All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster Audio)
- Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling (Pottermore)
- Yes Please, Amy Poehler (HarperCollins)
Top digital books borrowed from libraries in other categories:
Children/YA nonfiction eBook: Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson (Penguin Young Readers Group).
Children/young adult fiction audiobook: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling (Pottermore)
Read-Along eBooks: Scaredy Squirrel at Night, Mélanie Watt (Kids Can Press Ltd.)
You can see the full press release on these record breaking numbers here. Be sure to check back tomorrow as we will unveil the 19 standalone library systems that eclipsed 1 million checkouts from their users alone! We can’t say thank you enough to all of you and your readers for supporting libraries 24/7 no matter where they are in the world.