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Wisconsin's Digital Library exceeds 5 million checkouts!

screenshot taken of main page of Wisconsin's Digital Library

January 25, 2019

Have you used the Overdrive or Libby apps in the last year? If you have, then you were one of the millions of people who checked out items in 2018, when these two apps had a record year for checkouts and downloads!

Overdrive has reported that, nationwide, about 274 million e-books and audiobooks were checked out via Overdrive and Libby last year. 185 million of those checkouts were for e-books, while 88 million were audiobooks. 43,000 libraries across the U.S. are part of the Overdrive and Libby systems, thus proving their is a strong demand for digital content.

Wisconsin's Digital Library (the system that the Marathon County Public Library and its patrons have access to) did spectacularly well, with over 5 million checkouts, making Wisconsin's Digital Library the only digital collection in the nation to achieve that number!

What items were most-checked out in 2018? Take a look at the list below and tell us which ones you've read (or which ones you may have on your holds list!)

Most Checked-Out E-Books on Overdrive/Libby

1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
2. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
3. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
4. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan


Most Checked-Out Audiobooks on Overdrive/Libby

1.Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle

Stop in to any MCPL location to learn how to get started with Overdrive or Libby on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. Or attend one of our upcoming classes, where we'll show you how.

E-books Wisconsin's Digital Library

image credit: taken by Dan Richter