County Library System announces record one million ebook, audiobook checkouts in 2019


Pierce County Library System has achieved a record-breaking one million digital book checkouts in 2019. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of ebooks and audiobooks along with the creative ways the library has served its community with digital services. Pierce County Library System is one of 73 systems around the world – including standalone libraries and consortia – that surpassed one million checkouts through Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform and its award-winning app Libby. 

“Wow – this is truly impressive. Way to read, Pierce County residents!” said Pierce County Library Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “We are definitely a community of readers and our on-the-go lifestyle pairs well with audiobooks and easy-access to e-books. People here enjoy reading and being a part of the million digital book checkout club sure shows it.” 

Pierce County Library System has been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years. Reader interest and usage has grown every year, reflecting popular trends and interests both locally and across the country. In 2019, the highest-circulating title across both formats that Pierce County Library System readers borrowed through OverDrive was “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. The top-circulating genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes mystery, thrillers and children/young adult. 

The top five ebook titles borrowed through Pierce County Library System’s digital collection in 2019:

  1. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah
  2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
  3. “Educated” by Tara Westover
  4. “There There” by Tommy Orange
  5. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

The top five audiobook titles borrowed through Pierce County Library System’s digital collection in 2019:

  1. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah
  2. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
  3. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
  4. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J. K. Rowling
  5. “Educated” by Tara Westover

Named one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s and one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the popular digital collections of libraries. Readers may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. 

Readers in Pierce County just need a valid library card to access digital books from Pierce County Library System’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. Readers can use any major device, including iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows. With Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle” devices and apps. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use. 

Visit or download the Libby app to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.

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