The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from February 2009.
The Official Driver Theory Test continues to be the most borrowed book in February.
The most popular author in Irish libraries continues for the second month to be the prolific Francesca Simon, who along with illustrator Tony Ross, is behind the Horrid Henry series. Three of the Horrid Henry books feature in the Top 10 list of borrowed books in February.
Jacqueline Wilson continues in second position with Daisy Meadows, creator of the Rainbow Magic series featuring in our Top 10 list for the second time. Roger Hargreaves, author and illustrator of the Mr. Men and Little Miss series also joins our Top 10 list for the first time in seventh place.
Books by Irish authors continue to be popular with Irish library users with both Maeve Binchy and Cecilia Ahern featuring in the Top 10 list.
Most borrowed books in February 2009
1. The Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric/Road Safety Authority
2. This charming man – Marian Keyes
3. Heart and soul – Maeve Binchy
4. The boy in the striped pyjamas – John Boyne
5. Horrid Henry and football fiend- Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross
6. Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb- Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross
7. Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine-Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross
8. My sister Jodie – Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt
9. The secret scripture – Sebastian Barry
10. Forgive and forget- Patricia Scanlan
Most borrowed authors in February 2009
1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross
2. Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
3. Daisy Meadows: illustrated by Georgie Ripper
4. Maeve Binchy
5. J.K. Rowling
6. James Patterson
7. Roger Hargreaves
8. Cecelia Ahern
9. Roald Dahl
10. Stephenie Meyer
The PLR Registrar is satisfied for the information in this release to be made widely accessible, provided that PLR’s role in compiling the information is acknowledged.