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Wisconsin‘s Digital Library Surpasses 5 Million Ebook and Audiobook Checkouts in 2018

January 24, 2019
Wisconsin – January 23, 2019 Rakuten OverDrive announced today that Wisconsin’s Digital Library reached a record-breaking 5 million digital book checkouts in 2018. The library is provided by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium, a partnership of all 16 of the state’s library systems. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library digital lending of ebooks and audiobooks. Wisconsin’s Digital Library ranked first in circulation among all US OverDrive-based collections and second worldwide (complete list here).
The 450 Wisconsin public library members have been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years. Reader interest and usage has grown every year.
The highest-circulating title Wisconsin’s Digital Library readers borrowed through OverDrive in 2018 was Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. The top-circulating genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes mystery, historical fiction, and children/young adult.
The top 5 ebook titles borrowed through the Wisconsin’s Digital Library collection in 2018:
1. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
2. The Whistler by John Grisham
3. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
4. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
5. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

The top 5 audiobook titles borrowed through the Wisconsin’s Digital Library collection in 2018:
1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
2. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
3. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Readers in Wisconsin just need a valid library card to access digital books from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium’s digital collection powered by OverDrive. Readers can use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (US only). Visit https://wplc.overdrive.com/ or download the Libby app to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.
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