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Posted on: January 9, 2024

Chester County Library System Users Borrow 1.1 Million Digital Books in 2023

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Top 136 public library systems worldwide in total digital circulation

 

EXTON, PA – Chester County Library System announced today that its patrons reached a new milestone: 1.1 million digital books borrowed in 2023. This achievement illustrates the library’s commitment to serving all members of the community in innovative ways, including with a large catalog of eBooks, eAudiobooks and other digital media. 

Chester County Library System is #136 of all standalone public libraries and one of 152 total public library systems worldwide that surpassed one million digital checkouts in the last calendar year.

Chester County Library System has been providing readers 24/7 access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, comic books, and other digital content for several years through the award-winning Libby app, the library reading app created by OverDrive. The large collection serves readers of all ages and interests, and usage has grown throughout the years. 

Chester County Library System also offers thousands of movies and TV shows available through Kanopy, the leading video streaming service for public libraries. Viewers enjoyed hundreds/thousands of hours of content ranging from documentaries, children’s TV shows, instructional series and Academy award-winning films, all for free without ads. 

“The Chester County Library System is happy to announce we have reached a wonderful milestone, 1 Million electronic books checked out by our patrons! This is over 25% of our total materials checked out. In my 12 years as Executive Director, I've been happy to see this service grow as our libraries have allocated resources to meet community needs. These materials are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to any resident of Chester County. As we move into 2024 and as technology permeates our society I expect this service to continue to flourish and expand” says Joseph Sherwood, Executive Director of Chester County Library System. 

The highest-circulating title Chester County Library System readers borrowed in 2023 was Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. The top-circulating genre, thriller, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes fiction, romance, romance, mystery, children/young adult and more. 

The top 5 eBook titles borrowed through Chester County Library System’s digital collection in 2023: 

  • Verity by Colleen Hoover 
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 
  • It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover 
  • The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand 
  • Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex 

The top 5 eAudiobook titles borrowed through Chester County Library System’s digital collection in 2023: 

  • Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros 
  • The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese 
  • Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex 
  • You Shouldn't Have Come Here by Jeneva Rose 
  • Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter 

Readers in Chester County just need a valid library card to access digital books from Chester County Library System’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. You can use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (U.S. only). 

Download the Libby app or visit https://chester.overdrive.com/ to get started borrowing eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more anytime, anywhere. 

About Chester County Library System 

The mission of the Chester County Library System ensures that every resident has access to exceptional opportunities to read, learn, create, connect, and contribute to a better quality of life. Chester County Library & District Center is located at 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, PA. For hours or more information, visit our website at https://www.ccls.org

About OverDrive 

OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves more than 88,000 libraries and schools in 109 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalog of eBooks, eAudiobooks, video, and other content. OverDrive’s commitment to empower every library and school includes expanding access for all, tireless industry advocacy and consistently innovating. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and TeachingBooks.net, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com 

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