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The library is still the place to be – at least digitally.

A few days ago, 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. The percentage in parenthesis shows the growth from the previous year.

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

1 million+
• New York Public Library (NY): (42%)
• Seattle Public Library (WA): (35%)
• Hennepin County Library (MN): (33%)
• Los Angeles Public Library (CA): (56%)
• Cleveland Public Library (OH): (25%)
• Calgary Public Library (AB): (30%)
• Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH): (35%)
• Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (OH): (42%)

According to OverDrive, streaming video is the fastest growing format in the digital catalog of many libraries.

I see that my downloads did not contribute enough to pass a million for my local library system. Perhaps next year. 🙂


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