Harris County Public Library recently announced that they achieved a record-breaking two 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. Harris County Public Library 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.
Harris County Public Library 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 Harris County Public Library readers borrowed through OverDrive was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The top-circulating genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes mystery, fantasy and children/young adult.
The top 5 ebook titles borrowed through Harris County Public Library's digital collection in 2019:
1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
2. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
3. “Educated” by Tara Westover
4. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty
5. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham
The top 5 audiobook titles borrowed through Harris County Public Library's digital collection in 2019:
1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
3. “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero
4. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo
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 Harris County just need a valid library card to access digital books from Harris County Public Library’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 [US only]. 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 hcpl.overdrive.com or download the Libby app to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.