We have reached the time of year where my brain is on overload. Between work and family and the upcoming holidays, I have been finding it difficult to start, let alone finish, books. Luckily, my favorite magazines are only one tap away with Libby. From flashy celebrity gossip to recipes I want to try for Christmas and news and information from around the world, OverDrive Magazines are a popular and engaging format with something for every reader. Across North American Public Libraries, digital magazine checkouts grew by more than 65 percent in 2023. 

Thanks to the new OverDrive Magazine features launched in 2023, it’s now easier than ever for your users to discover and enjoy OverDrive Magazines from your library! I’ve already saved several issues of my personal favorite magazines to my Magazine Rack to read during an upcoming family trip. Learn more about these new features with our on-demand training video available here. 

Be sure to also visit the Resource Center to download our free magazine marketing kit! Inside you’ll find social media graphics, a poster you can print and hang in your physical library space, a programming guide with suggested social media copy, and more! 

Still have questions about adding OverDrive Magazines to your digital library? See the answers to top questions here. Ready to add OverDrive Magazines? Visit the Simultaneous Use section of Marketplace to get started.

With the year almost over, let’s take a look back at the magazines users loved reading the most in Libby in 2023:

Top 10 most popular OverDrive Magazines in 2023 

10. HELLO! Magazine

Renowned for its superb photo-features, and its ability to secure exclusive access to the social elite, HELLO! has been capturing key moments in celebrities lives ever since it was launched more than 20 years. Each issue is rich mix of articles and interviews from around the world balanced by a series of regular practical features designed to appeal to every type of reader.

9. The Week Magazine

The Week makes sense of the news by curating the best of the U.S. and international media into a succinct, lively digest.

8. Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping – Home of the Good Housekeeping Seal and your best source for saving time, money, and hassle.

7. National Geographic Magazine

Amazing discoveries and experiences await you in every issue of National Geographic magazine. The latest news in science, exploration, and culture will open your eyes to the world’s many wonders.

6. Cook’s Illustrated

At Cook’s Illustrated, our test cooks are dedicated to testing and retesting recipes 20, 30, sometimes 50 times until we come up with a recipe that will come out right the first time — and every time — you make it. And each issue of Cook’s Illustrated is 100% ADVERTISING FREE, so you get unbiased and objective information on every page. As we like to say at Cook’s Illustrated, “We make the mistakes so you don’t have to.”

5. New Scientist

New Scientist covers the latest developments in science and technology that will impact your world. New Scientist employs and commissions the best writers in their fields from all over the world. Our editorial team provide cutting-edge news, award-winning features and reports, written in concise and clear language that puts discoveries and advances in the context of everyday life today and in the future.

4. Prevention

Prevention magazine gives you healthy solutions you can really live with. Every issue delivers the latest news and trends on health, food, and nutrition, family, fitness, and more.

3. Woman’s World

A great week made easy! Woman’s World is written for the traditional, family-oriented working woman. Each issue delivers a feel-good mix of heart-warming human interest stories, practical everyday solutions for work and home, and mouth-watering recipes.

2. Us Weekly

Us Weekly is the magazine that keeps the closest watch on the ever changing and ever exciting entertainment industry, unlike any other magazine. It takes you backstage at awards shows and sneaks you into celebrity parties. Us Weekly magazine peers into the minds (and dressing rooms) of the biggest stars, and escorts you around the world to see exactly where and with whom the hottest names in entertainment have been hanging out. Us Weekly gives you more access than any other magazine on the newsstand. 

And the number one most popular OverDrive Magazine in 2023 was: 

1. The New Yorker

Founded in 1925, The New Yorker publishes the best writers of its time and has received more National Magazine Awards than any other magazine, for its groundbreaking reporting, authoritative analysis, and creative inspiration. The New Yorker takes readers beyond the weekly print magazine with the web, mobile, tablet, social media, and signature events. The New Yorker is at once a classic and at the leading edge.

Add OverDrive Magazines today 

If your library does not currently offer magazines, you can visit our Resource Center to learn more or reach out to your Account Manager with any questions.