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Ten library systems pass one million digital checkouts in OverDrive in 2014

29 December 2014

From TeleRead:

OverDrive announced that 10 public libraries surpassed one million digital checkouts for 2014. Six did it in 2013. Checkouts include ebooks, audiobooks, music and video streaming, and periodicals from OverDrive’s collection.

Two libraries hit the two million mark.

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2 Million or more digital checkouts
• Toronto Public Library (ON): (49% growth over 2013)
• King County Library System (WA): (33%)

Link to the rest at TeleRead

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4 Comments to “Ten library systems pass one million digital checkouts in OverDrive in 2014”

  1. *preen* I’m not saying I am personally responsible for King County’s stats … but I did help! 😀

    (And this is despite the Mad Hatter website you have to use to get anything from Overdrive, too. Gaaah.)

  2. Congrats to my birth home’s system for taking top place. Of course it was Etobicoke individually back then before amalgamation, and now my numbers track to the northern suburb of Richmond Hill instead.

  3. Sabrina, You’re not the only one! Three cheers for K.C. library system and everyone who supports it.

  4. Last fall, I attended (as a writer) an event at the Seattle (in King County) main library for writers and readers of GLBT romances. The librarian who was the event’s liaison, and who gave a talk on how library users can request books (including e-books) be added to the library collection, showed us a whole cart stacked with GLBT romances she’d acquired for the library shortly before the event.

    Romance is the red-haired stepchild of fiction, spat upon and snarked at by almost everyone. And GLBT romance is spat upon by many people who are into het romance (along with everyone else). It says something about the lack of snobbishness in the Seattle library that they’re willing to stock and encourage not only mainstream romance, but GLBT romance as well. They’re willing to acknowledge that there’s an audience for these books, and to spend resources catering to that audience.

    That says a lot about the general open-mindedness of the folks running the King County library system. They’re clearly willing to serve their readers by giving them what they want to read, rather than trying to shove “worthy” or “important” books at them, for their own good. That might be why they have such an active user base — because they give their readers what they want, rather than trying to be yet another set of gatekeepers. Props to the King County librarians.


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