By Christina Samek, OverDrive Launch Specialist

Though it seems hard to believe, 2016 has arrived. For some, this brought piles and piles of snow. Others, torrential rains and blustery winds. For our school partners, an end to holiday break and the beginning of a new semester! 2016 has come in with quite the bang and we are excited to see how the rest of the year shapes up.

To give some perspective, let’s take a look at our schools in 2015. Though we are fans of the written word, we can’t help but be a little excited by these numbers.

In the 2015 Calendar Year (January 1 – Decmeber 31):

6 of our schools exceeded 50,000 checkouts.
10 of our schools exceeded 20,000 checkouts.

400 new customers launched with the OverDrive School platform.

Obviously, we have to talk the books! Here are the top 20 titles of 2015 based on total checkouts:

The Maze Runner 24,147
Wonder 15,477
Divergent 15,042
The Long Haul 14,702
Cabin Fever 14,089
Big Nate Makes a Splash 14,027
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 13,952
The Scorch Trials 13,437
The Ugly Truth 12,883
The Lighting Thief 12,828
The Giver 12,491
The Last Straw 11,991
Rodrick Rules 11,960
Dog Days 11,806
Insurgent 11,771
The Fault in Our Stars 11,708
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 11,386
Pray for a Fire Drill 10,483
If I Stay 10,332
Hard Luck 10,019

The students love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series! if you haven’t yet be sure to add these titles to your collection to ensure you have the most popular content available.

Let’s aim to make 2016 the best year in schools, yet! We are here to help you achieve any and all milestones you set for your OverDrive service. Let your Collection Specialist know if you need assistance in adding new content. Contact your Account Specialist for promotional materials to engage your students.

100,000 checkouts…we’re coming for you!