In 2017 there were 58 libraries in Canada and the United States that surpassed over one million checkouts and this year there are over 66 libraries that are on pace for one million checkouts and another 15 are closing in.
The list of libraries on pace to join the Million Checkout Club in 2018 includes seven on pace for 4 million and two on pace for 5 million loans. Libraries around the world are currently seeing an 11% increase from their 2017 record- breaking numbers and the libraries on pace to surpass 1 million checkouts are seeing an amazing average increase in usage of nearly 20% across the board.
One of the big reasons why Overdrive libraries are seeing blistering numbers is due to ebooks being expensive and people have gravitated towards the public library to save money. Libraries are also stocking more ebooks in their catalog than ever before with the new Cost Per Circ system that went live in January. It allows libraries to have a huge influx of digital content that can loaned out to as many users as they want simultaneously and libraries only pay when ebook is checked out. This system takes the guesswork out of picking and choosing what titles are best for the patrons and basically lists everything.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.