December: Borrowing Habits of a Nation

January 19th, 2010

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 December 2009.

Most Borrowed Titles in December 2009

1.   Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric/Road Safety Authority
2.   Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín
3.   The lost symbol – Dan Brown
4.   Happy ever after? – Patricia Scanlan
5.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
6.   The boy in the striped pyjamas – John Boyne
7.   The brightest star in the sky – Marian Keyes
8.   The perfect man – Sheila O’Flanagan
9.   Gone Tomorrow – Lee Child
10. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

The Official Driver Theory Test continues its dominance as our nation’s most borrowed item, clinching top spot for the tenth time this year.

Most Borrowed Authors in December 2009

1.   Francesca Simon
2.   Jacqueline Wilson
3.   James Patterson
4.   Stephenie Meyer
5.   J.K. Rowling
6.   Roald Dahl
7.   Patricia Scanlan
8.   Michael Morpurgo
9.   Maeve Binchy
10. Michael Connelly

The enduring appeal of Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry series continues unabated with her topping the list of Most Borrowed Author for the twelfth successive month.

Michael Morpurgo, winner of the 1995 Whitbread Children’s Book Award for ‘Wreck Of The Zanzibar’ appears in the Top 10 list for the first time.