February: Borrowing Habits of a Nation

June 1st, 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 February 2010.

Most Borrowed Titles in February  2010

  1. Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric Ireland Ltd
  2. Brooklyn – Colm Toibín
  3. The lost symbol –  Dan Brown
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
  5. Happy ever after – Patricia Scanlan
  6. Horrid Henry gets rich quick – Francesca Simon
  7. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  8. Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb – Francesca Simon
  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  10. Horrid Henry and the football fiend – Francesca Simon

The Official Driver Theory Test continues its dominance as our nation’s most borrowed item. 

Most Borrowed Authors in February 2010

  1. Francesca Simon
  2. Jacqueline Wilson
  3. Daisy Meadows
  4. J.K. Rowling
  5. Roald Dahl
  6. Roger Hargreaves
  7. Marita Conlon-McKenna
  8. James Patterson
  9. Patricia Scanlan
  10. Stieg Larsson

Francesca Simon continues her domination of our Top 10 Most Borrowed authors list.

Irish author Marita Conlon-McKenna, author of the ‘Children of the Famine Trilogy’ makes her first appearance at No. 7 in the Top 10 list.

A welcome inclusion to the list at No. 10 is Stieg Larsson, (1954-2004). He was a Swedish writer and journalist and prior to his sudden death in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy ‘The Millenium-series’ which were published posthumously; ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’,  ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ and ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’.

Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries (spring of 2010), and he was the second bestselling author in the world in 2008.

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.