2018 was a banner year in digital reading as 43,000+ OverDrive library and school partners around the world circulated over 274 million ebook and audiobook checkouts. We’ve seen consistent record breaking circulation numbers every year for some time, but this number represents a 22% increase over 2017, the largest growth since 2015. Leading the growth of the digital library lending movement were 65 libraries who joined the Million Checkout Club in the calendar year.

The list, which you’ll find below, surpasses 2017’s record of 58 members with seven new members. A few other highlights include both Toronto Public Library and the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium surpassing five million (!!) checkouts. Another notable number comes from the National Library Board of Singapore who saw a growth of 113% over the previous year. Additionally, five libraries surpassed four million checkouts, and another four surpassing three million.

The popularity of these library systems and all OverDrive partners is reflected in more than four million new digital library users that used OverDrive apps for the first time in 2018, joining millions of readers that have done so for years.

For more information about these record setting numbers, see our full press release.

OverDrive Million Checkout club 2018

5 million+
Toronto Public Library
Wisconsin Public Library Consortium

4 million+
King County Library System
The Ohio Digital Library
Los Angeles Public Library
New York Public Library
Greater Phoenix Digital Library

3 million+
Tennessee READS
Maryland’s Digital Library
Digital Downloads Collaboration
National Library Board Singapore

2 million+
Seattle Public Library
Hennepin County Library
Ontario Library Service Consortium
Multnomah County Library
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Mid-Continent Public Library
Utah’s Online Library
North Carolina Digital Library
Cuyahoga County Public Library
San Francisco Public Library

1 million+
LA County Library
Harris County Public Library
Kentucky Libraries Unbound
Calgary Public Library
Auckland Libraries
Sacramento Public Library
Fairfax County Public Library
Sno-Isle Libraries
Metropolitan Library System
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
Pikes Peak Library District
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Denver Public Library
Indianapolis Public Library
Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Boston Public Library
Oregon Digital Library Consortium
San Antonio Public Library
San Diego County Library
Houston Area Digital Media Catalog
St. Louis County Library
Minuteman Library Network
My Media Mall
Brooklyn Public Library
Nashville Public Library
Broward County Library
Edmonton Public Library
Orange County Library System
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Ottawa Public Library
Salt Lake County Library Services
Austin Public Library
Pierce County Library System
Washington Anytime Library
Chicago Public Library
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Lee County Library System
New Hampshire State Library
Wake County Public Libraries