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More than 100 public libraries surpass 1 million digital book withdrawals in 2020

CLEVELAND, January 12, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A record 102 public library systems around the world have enabled readers to borrow more than one million eBooks and audiobooks from their digital collections in 2020. This represents the largest number of systems to have ever reached this milestone thanks to OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform. . Contributing factors include increased use of digital books due to the pandemic, increased interest in social justice titles and BIPOC authors, and strong growth in circulation of children’s and young adult titles due to learning. from a distance.

These 102 systems of the United States, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand achieved elite “Million Checkout Club” status with 29 reaching the milestone for the first time. Notable accomplishments include the Toronto Public Library which achieved the highest checkout count in OverDrive history for the 8e (8 million), with the Santa Clara County Library (CA) achieving the highest year-over-year circulation growth (147%) of all Million Checkout Club libraries and the Los Angeles Public Library winning the Title of the # 1 library system in the United States for the second year in a row.

The full list of Million Checkout Club libraries is available here.

The 10 Best eBook and Digital Audiobook Streaming Library Systems for 2020:

  1. Toronto Public Library
  2. Los Angeles Public Library
  3. King County Library System (WA)
  4. National Library Council Singapore
  5. New York Public Library
  6. Multnomah County Library (OR)
  7. Seattle Public Library
  8. Hennepin County Library (MN)
  9. Harris County Public Library (TX)
  10. Calgary Public Library (AB, Canada)

The top 5 consortia and shared collections of e-books and digital audio books in circulation:

  1. Wisconsin Public Libraries Consortium
  2. The Ohio Digital Library
  3. Greater Phoenix Digital Library
  4. Tennessee READ
  5. Collaboration of digital downloads (OH)

In 2020, these libraries joined for the first time the “Million Checkout Club” for digital books:

• Saskatchewan Library Consortium

• Peninsula Library System

• Bergen County Co-op. Library System (NJ)

• eLibrary NJ

• MontanaLibrary2Go

• Digital library for children NC

• Westchester Library System (NY)

• Northern California Digital Library

• Camellia Net digital catalog

• Santa Clara County Library

• Vancouver Public Library

• Hamilton Public Library

• OC public libraries

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• Montgomery County Public Libraries

• Henrico County Public Library

• Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

• Timberland Regional Library

• NorthNet library system

• Pima County Public Library

• Download destination

• Halifax Public Libraries

• Ocean State Libraries eZone

• Hawaii State Public Library System

• San José Public Library

• Douglas County Libraries

• Fort Vancouver Reg. Library district

• Mississauga Library System

• Contra Costa County Library

Public libraries have achieved record digital circulation through innovative activities and campaigns designed to increase awareness and commitment to digital books. Examples include:

To find a public library near you, download the Libby app (iOS, Android) or visit

About OverDrive

OverDrive strives to create “a world informed by reading”. Serving a growing network of 65,000 libraries and schools in 84 countries, OverDrive offers the industry’s largest digital catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and other content through award-winning apps. The Libby Reading App for Libraries is one of the Popular mechanics’20 best apps of the decade, while the student reading app Sora is one of the TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio United States and was named Certified B Corp in 2017.

David Burleigh
Brand and Communication Director
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SOURCE OverDrive

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