March: Library Chart Toppers

April 23rd, 2009

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 March 2009.

Most borrowed authors in March 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross
2. Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt
3. Daisy Meadows; illustrated by Georgie Ripper
4. James Patterson
5. Maeve Binchy
6. Roger Hargreaves
7. J.K. Rowling
8. Dav Pilkey
9. Cecelia Ahern
10. Judi Curtin; illustrated by Woody Fox

Children’s books continue to be extremely popular with Irish readers. Seven of the Top 10 authors for March are children’s authors.

Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants series features in our Top 10 list of authors for the first time. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series continues to feature in our Top 10 list of authors for the third consecutive month.

Judi Curtin, author of the Alice and Megan series features in our Top 10 list for the first time.

Books by Irish authors continue to be popular with Irish library users with both Maeve Binchy and Cecilia Ahern in the Top 10 list.

Most Borrowed titles in March 2009

1. Official Driver Theory Test- Prometric/Road Safety Authority
2. The boy in the striped pyjamas- John Boyne
3. Heart and soul- Maeve Binchy
4. The secret scripture- Sebastian Barry
5. Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter- Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross
6. This charming man- Marian Keyes
7. My sister Jodie- Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt
8. Dracula- Bram Stoker
9. The gift- Cecelia Ahern
10. A thousand splendid suns- Khaled Hosseini

The author of the most borrowed book, however, won’t get anything from PLR! The Official Driver Theory Test was the most borrowed book for the third consecutive month, but official publications are not eligible for payment.

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.

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