E-Book Library Check Outs Increased in 2015

By Dianna Dilworth 

Thirty-three libraries in the U.S. circulated at least one million e-books each in 2015, according to new metrics released by the digital book distribution company OverDrive.

The research revealed that e-book library checkouts grew in 2015, as compare to 2014. According to the report, public library readers borrowed more than 169 million digital assets, which includes e-books, audiobooks, digital periodicals and video streaming. This number was up 24 percent over 2014. Digital audiobook downloads saw the greatest spike with a 36 percent increase over the prior year.

Toronto Public Library circulated more than 2 million e-books during the year, up 31 percent year-over-year. Library System in Washington State and the New York Public Library each circulated more than 2 million e-books during the year.