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Pierce County Library System Reaches 1.7 Million E-book and Audiobook Checkouts in 2020


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The Pierce County Library System announced today it reached a record-breaking 1.7 million digital book checkouts in 2020. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library digital lending of e-books and audiobooks, especially in a year with building closures due to the global pandemic. Pierce County Library is one of 102 public library systems worldwide that surpassed one million checkouts (complete list here).


Pierce County Library has been providing readers 24/7 access to e-books and audiobooks for more than a decade through OverDrive and its award-winning Libby reading app. Reader interest and usage has grown every year.

“Our thanks goes to the tens of thousands of people in Pierce County enjoying and learning from e-books and audiobooks,” said Pierce County Library Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “With the pandemic, our online library became the only library for residents for many months. Thanks to our amazing readers for checking out more than a million books during this time and throughout the year!”

The highest-circulating title Pierce County Library readers borrowed through OverDrive in 2020 was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The top-circulating genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog, which also includes thrillers, biographies, and children/young adult choices.

The top five e-book titles borrowed from the digital collection in 2020:
1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
2. “Girl Waits with Gun” by Amy Stewart
3. “Educated” by Tara Westover
4. “Blue Moon” by Lee Child
5. “The Guardians” by John Grisham


The top five audiobook titles borrowed from the digital collection in 2020:
1. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneby J.K. Rowling
2. “Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
3. “The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
4. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
5. “Educated” by Tara Westover

Readers in Pierce County just need a valid library card to access digital books from Pierce County Library’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. Readers can use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (US only). Visit or download the Libby app to get started and borrow e-books and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.

About Pierce County Library System

The nationally acclaimed Pierce County Library System serves 620,000 people throughout Pierce County with 20 libraries and online services. The system is the fourth largest in the state and is funded primarily through property taxes. People may choose from 822,000 books, movies, and other materials, as well as nearly half a million online/downloadable materials. Pierce County Library is committed to directing services in three primary areas: learning, enjoyment, and community connection. Its services and programs spark success for Pierce County residents. More than 2 million people visit Pierce County Libraries each year. The Library provides services and programs directly to people in adult care facilities, people who are homebound, and to children in childcare centers and schools. Pierce County Libraries are located at Anderson Island, Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Eatonville, Fife, Gig Harbor, Graham, Key Center, Lakewood, Milton/Edgewood, Orting, Parkland/Spanaway, Pierce County Library Administrative Center, South Hill, Steilacoom, Summit, Sumner, Tillicum and University Place. Pierce County Library is an independent municipal corporation and operates as a junior taxing district.


About OverDrive

OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading.” Serving a growing network of 65,000 libraries and schools in 84 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and other content through award-winning apps. The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017.

The above is a press release from the PCLS.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its contents. 
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