Young Readers Rule When It Comes to Library Lending

March 2nd, 2012

It’s not all about computer games and TV for Irish children as reading continues to be one of their favourite pastimes. Figures released by the Library Council show that children’s authors dominated the ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ lists in Ireland’s 350 public libraries in 2011.

Eight children’s authors made it into the top ten ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ list for last year, with Roderick Hunt, author of over 300 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, the most popular for the third successive year with over 125,000 library loans.

Classic stories continue to delight today’s children with stars such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl in the top ten, alongside Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon, and Jacqueline Wilson. Adam Blade, author of 60 books in the Beast Quest fantasy series, entered the top 10 for the first time.

Prolific US writer James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author for the second successive year with almost 74,000 library loans. Another American favourite, Nora Roberts, who also writes as J.D. Robb, is the second most-borrowed general fiction author with over 54,000 loans.

Irish writers and illustrators, both children’s and adult, are attracting lots of Irish readers, with 15 featuring in the top 100.

Darren Shan, author of horror and fantasy books which have sold close to 15 million copies worldwide, is the most popular Irish author for the third year running.

Joseph O’Connor’s Ghost Light, Dublin City’s ‘One City One Book’ for 2011, was the nation’s most borrowed book last year.

Reacting to the news, Mr O’Connor said:

‘I’m deeply honoured that Ghost Light is the most borrowed book of 2011, and I offer a heartfelt thanks to my readers for making it so. All my life since childhood I have been a lover of our libraries. My novels have been researched in them, and I have many times been the beneficiary of the exceptional professionalism and helpfulness of our librarians. Now more than ever, I am proud to support the libraries and the wonderful work they do for their communities up and down the land.’

Fiction continues to dominate and works by Irish authors are very popular, with 34 making it into the top 100. Room, the international bestseller and award-winning novel by Emma Donoghue is the second most borrowed fiction book by an Irish author.

The lists are compiled by The Library Council from information supplied to the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme by all public libraries in Ireland.

10,229 authors resident in thirty-six countries were registered for Irish PLR in 2011. €179,047.46 was paid out to 4,047 authors in respect of their total library loans. Twelve authors received the maximum payment of €1,000, and the rate-per-loan was 5.21 cent.

Commenting on the third year of PLR, Mark Dearey, Chairman of The Library Council, thanked the country’s librarians for their co-operation in the scheme. ‘Irish public libraries are becoming even more popular each year as the 17 miilion visits and 15 million books borrowed show. Public library staff around the country should be very proud of the service they provide’.

PLR is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

  • Brendan Teeling, Assistant Director, An Chomhairle Leabarlanna, Tel: 087 6184734; 01 6761167; email: bteeling@librarycouncil.ie.
  • Eva McEneaney, Executive Librarian, PLR Office, An Chomhairle Leabarlanna: Tel: 01 6761167; email: emceneaney@librarycouncil.ie.  

Notes for Editors

There are over 17 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in over 15 million loans of books.

Under the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme, payment is made to authors, illustrators, etc. whose books are borrowed from the country’s 350 public libraries.

PLR is managed by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (the Library Council) and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2011

1. Most Borrowed Titles 2011 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Joseph O’Connor Ghost Light
2 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
3 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
4 Kathryn Stockett The Help
5 Jeff Kinney The Last Straw
6 Jeff Kinney The Ugly Truth
7 Jeff Kinney Rodrick Rules
8 Emma Donoghue Room
9 Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy 2
10 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

2. Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Titles 2011

Position Author Title
1 Joseph O’Connor Ghost Light
2 Kathryn Stockett The Help
3 Emma Donoghue Room
4 Maeve Binchy Minding Frankie
5 Cathy Kelly Homecoming
6 Stieg Larsson The girl with the dragon tattoo
7 Christos Tsiolkos The Slap
8 Dan Brown The lost symbol
9 John Grisham The Confession
10 Colum McCann Let the great world spin

 3. Most Borrowed Children’s Fiction Titles 2011

Position Author Title
1 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2 Jeff Kinney The Last Straw
3 Jeff Kinney The Ugly Truth
4 Jeff Kinney Rodrick Rules
5 Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy 2
6 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
7 Francesca Simon Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter
8 Jeff Kinney Dog Days
9 Francesca Simon Horrid Henry’s stink bomb
10 Francesca Simon Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine

 4. Most Borrowed Fiction by Irish Authors 2011 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Joseph O’Connor Ghost Light
2 Emma Donoghue Room
3 Maeve Binchy Minding Frankie
4 Cathy Kelly Homecoming
5 Judi Curtin Alice and Megan forever
6 Marita Conlon-McKenna Under the hawthorn tree
7 Judi Curtin Alice in the middle
8 Colum McCann Let the great world spin
9 Judi Curtin Eva’s Journey
10 Judi Curtin Bonjour Alice

 5. Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Titles 2011

Position Author/Contributor Title
1 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
2 Craig Glenday Guinness World Records 2011
3 Rhonda Byrne The Secret
4 Rachel Allen Bake
5 Craig Glenday Guinness World Records 2010

 6. Most Borrowed Authors 2011 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Adult/Children
1 Roderick Hunt C
2 Daisy Meadows C
3 Francesca Simon C
4 Roger Hargreaves C
5 Jacqueline Wilson C
6 Enid Blyton C
7 James Patterson A
8 Adam Blade C
9 Roald Dahl C
10 Nora Roberts A

 7. Most Borrowed Authors 2011 (Adult Fiction)

Position Author
1 James Patterson
2 Nora Roberts
3 Lee Child
4 Darren Shan
5 Meg Cabot
6 Michael Connelly
7 Jodi Picoult
8 Martina Cole
9 Danielle Steel
10 John Grisham

 8. Most Borrowed Children’s Authors 2011

Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt
2 Daisy Meadows
3 Francesca Simon
4 Roger Hargreaves
5 Jacqueline Wilson
6 Enid Blyton
7 Adam Blade
8 Roald Dahl
9 Terry Deary
10 Julia Donaldson

 9. Most Borrowed Irish Authors 2011 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author
1 Darren Shan
2 Martin Waddell
3 Judi Curtin
4 Eoin Colfer
5 Maeve Binchy
6 Sheila O’Flanagan
7 Marita Conlon-McKenna
8 Roddy Doyle
9 Malachy Doyle
10 John Connolly

 Detailed lists of the most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2011 can be accessed on the PLR website at www.plr.ie

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.

Most Borrowed Authors 2011

March 2nd, 2012

Details of the 100 most borrowed authors for PLR Year 2011 can be found here.

The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Authors 2011

Position Author Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt 26 Dav Pilkey
2 Daisy Meadows 27 Rose Impey
3 Francesca Simon 28 Martin Waddell
4 Roger Hargreaves 29 Karen McCombie
5 Jacqueline Wilson 30 Jeremy Strong
6 Enid Blyton 31 Martina Cole
7 James Patterson 32 Danielle Steel
8 Adam Blade 33 Judi Curtin
9 Roald Dahl 34 Eoin Colfer
10 Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb 35 Robert Muchamore
11 Terry Deary 36 Wilbert Awdry
12 Julia Donaldson 37 John Grisham
13 Lee Child 38 Maeve Binchy
14 Michael Morpurgo 39 Harlan Coben
15 J.K. Rowling 40 Karen Wallace
16 Vivian French 41 Sheila O’Flanagan
17 Darren Shan 42 Ian Whybrow
18 Fiona Watt 43 Lucy Daniels
19 Meg Cabot 44 Marita Conlon-McKenna
20 Michael Connelly 45 Tess Gerritsen
21 Anthony Horowitz 46 Agatha Christie
22 Megan McDonald 47 Lemony Snicket
23 Jeff Kinney 48 Jean and Gareth Adamson
24 Jodi Picoult 49 Cathy Cassidy
25 R.L. Stine 50 Dick King-Smith

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.

Position Author Position Author
51 Eric Hill 76 Anne Fine
52 Felicity Brooks 77 Brianog Brady Dawson
53 Steve Cole 78 Lucy Cousins
54 Jeffery Deaver 79 Stieg Larsson
55 Heather Amery 80 Josephine Cox
56 Charlaine Harris 81 Holly Webb
57 Sue Bentley 82 Ann Bryant
58 Dr Seuss 83 Georges Prosper Remi (Hergé)
59 Martin Handford 84 Cathy Kelly
60 Steve Parker 85 Allan Ahlberg
61 Roddy Doyle 86 Linda Chapman
62 Henning Mankell 87 Lesley Pearse
63 Malachy Doyle 88 Jenny Oldfield
64 Kelly McKain 89 Susan Lewis
65 Sue Graves 90 Jeanne Willis
66 John Connolly 91 Tony Bradman
67 Alan McDonald 92 Melissa Hill
68 Cynthia Rider 93 Anita Ganeri
69 Susanna Davidson 94 Lesley Sims
70 Jonathan Kellerman 95 Mick Inkpen
71 Rene Goscinny 96 Joseph O’Connor
72 Cathy Hopkins 97 Alexander McCall Smith
73 Jillian Powell 98 Joe O’Brien
74 Patricia Scanlan 99 Anne Cassidy
75 David Baldacci 100 Michael Rosen

Young Readers Rule When it Comes to Library Lending

Most Borrowed Titles in 2011

For further information please contact the PLR Office

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.

Most Borrowed Titles in 2011

March 2nd, 2012

Details of the 100 most borrowed titles for PLR Year 2011 can be found here.

The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Titles 2011

 

Position Title Author/Contributor
1 Ghost Light Joseph O’Connor
2 Official Driver Theory Test Road Safety Authority/Prometric Ireland Ltd
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
4 The Help Kathryn Stockett
5 The last Straw Jeff Kinney
6 The Ugly Truth Jeff Kinney
7 Rodrick Rules Jeff Kinney
8 Room Emma Donoghue
9 Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy 2 Dav Pilkey
10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling
11 Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
12 Minding Frankie Maeve Binchy
13 Dog Days Jeff Kinney
14 Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
15 Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
16 Homecoming Cathy Kelly
17 Horrid Henry meets the Queen Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
18 Horrid Henry’s Revenge Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
19 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
20 My sister Jodie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
21 Horrid Henry’s Underpants Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
22 Horrid Henry and the Mummy’s Curse Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
23 Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
24 Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
25 Horrid Henry Robs the Bank Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
26 Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
27 Little Darlings Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
28 Horrid Henry and Other Stories Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
29 Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
30 The Slap Christos Tsiolkas
31 Horrid Henry’s Haunted House Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
32 Horrid Henry gets Rich Quick Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
33 Horrid Henry and the Secret Club Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
34 Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince J.K. Rowling
35 The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood Jeff Kinney
36 The Lost Symbol Dan Brown
37 Alice & Megan Forever Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
38 Under the Hawthorn Tree Marita Conlon-McKenna
39 Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
40 Alice in the Middle Judi Curtin:  illustrated by Woody Fox
41 Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
42 The Longest Whale Song Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
43 Candyfloss Jacqueline Wilson:  illustrated by Nick Sharratt
44 Horrid Henry’s Nits Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
45 The Confession John Grisham
46 Horrid Henry’s Birthday Party Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
47 Guinness World Records 2011 Craig Glenday
48 Horrid Henry Rocks Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
49 Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann
50 Eva’s Journey Judi Curtin:  illustrated by Woody Fox
51 Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman Dav Pilkey
52 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling
53 Bonjour Alice Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
54 The Reversal Michael Connelly
55 Don’t ask Alice Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
56 Alice to the Rescue Judi Curtin:  illustrated by Woody Fox
57 Horrid Henry’s holiday Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
58 Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants Dav Pilkey
59 The Secret Rhonda Byrne
60 Cookie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
61 Pieces of My Heart Sinead Moriarty
62 The secret of Kells Eithne Massey
63 The Return Journey Maeve Binchy
64 Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies Dav Pilkey
65 The Girl Who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson
66 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling
67 Skippy Dies Paul Murray
68 Judy Moody Around the World in 8 1/2 Days Megan McDonald: illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
69 Worth Dying For Lee Child
70 Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets Dav Pilkey
71 The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest Stieg Larsson
72 Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets J.K. Rowling
73 Alice again Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
74 Happy ever after Patricia Scanlan
75 Alice next door Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
76 Mother of the Bride Marita Conlon-McKenna
77 Wildflower Girl Marita Conlon-McKenna
78 A Season to Remember Sheila O’Flanagan
79 Lily Alone Jacqueline Wilson:  illustrated by Nick Sharratt
80 Starring Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson : illustrated by Nick Sharratt
81 Danny’s Pesky Pet Brianog Brady Dawson: illustrated by Michael Connor
82 Jacky Daydream Jacqueline Wilson: :illustrated by Nick Sharratt
83 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling
84 Ferno:  The Fire Dragon Adam Blade
85 Bake Rachel Allen
86 The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey
87 Sepron : The Sea Serpent Adam Blade
88 Heart and Soul Maeve Binchy
89 Zog Julia Donaldson: illustrated by Alex Scheffler
90 Sarah Love Geraldine O’Neill
91 Danny’s smelly toothbrush Brianog Brady Dawson: illustrated by Michael Connor
92 Guinness World Records 2010 Craig Glenday
93 Danny and Baby Do-it-all Brianog Brady Dawson:  illustrated by Michael Connor
94 Granny Makes a Mess Brianog Brady Dawson:  illustrated by Michael Connor
95 The Empty Family: Stories Colm Toibin
96 Danny’s sick trick Brianog Brady Dawson:  illustrated by Michael Connor
97 Brooklyn Colm Toibin
98 The adventures of Super Diaper Baby George Beard & Harold Hutchins
99 Fields of Home Marita Conlon-McKenna
100 Stand by Me Sheila O’Flanagan

Young Readers Rule when it comes to Library Lending

Most Borrowed Authors 2011

For further information please contact the PLR Office 

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.

 

Registering Additional Books

July 10th, 2011

The Irish PLR Office is providing enhanced services in co-operation with Public Lending Right, UK.  Since April 1 2012, more streamlined and efficient registration and related PLR services for authors is being provided.

Additional Book Registration (guidance notes and form to register additional books for UK PLR only, Irish PLR only or for both schemes).

Please note that the final date for receipt of additional book forms for PLR year 2012 was 30 June.

Applications received after this date will be processed for the following PLR year.

Change of Personal Details

July 8th, 2011

If you wish to update/correct any personal details that have changed since you initially registered for Irish PLR, please  submit your new details to us  in writing. 

We can also accept changes of address over the telephone subject to verification being provided. 

Please note that for security reasons, we are unable to accept changes to address via e-mail.

Payments to be made electronically

July 7th, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that we can make payments directly into your bank/building society account.

If you wish to submit your Euro account details please see the Payments to authors with Euro Accounts page.

If you wish to submit your UK Sterling account details please see the Payments to author with UK Sterling Accounts page.

 

Children’s Books Top Library Loans’ Charts

April 12th, 2011

Irish children are the champion borrowers from public libraries, with eight children’s authors making it into the top ten ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ list for 2010.

Roderick Hunt, author of over 300 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, is Irish children’s top choice for the second successive year with over 115,000 library loans.

Daisy Meadows, creator of the Rainbow Magic series, was the second most-borrowed author, coming in just ahead of Francesca Simon of Horrid Henry fame. Reacting to the popularity of Daisy Meadows, Megan Larkin, publisher of the series, said:

‘We are delighted to hear that Rainbow Magic is so popular in Irish public libraries. The popularity of libraries among school-age readers shows their vital importance to society.’

Classic stories continue to delight today’s children with authors such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl making it into the top ten, alongside the ever popular Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson.

Prolific US author James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author with almost 65,000 library loans.  Hailed by the New York Times Magazine as having ‘transformed book publishing’, his books have sold an estimated 220 million copies worldwide.

Darren Shan is the most popular Irish author for the second year running, at number fifteen, while eighteen Irish authors feature in the top 100.

The Official Driver Theory Test continues to be the nation’s most borrowed book, clinching top spot for the second year.

In second position is Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn, which claimed the 2009 Costa Novel Award. The judges described Brooklyn as ‘Poised, quiet and incrementally shattering – we all loved this book and can’t praise it highly enough.’

Reacting to the news, Mr Tóibín remarked:

‘I think the public libraries in Ireland are a great national resource; the people who work in them are dedicated and provide a wonderful service.’

Fiction continues to dominate the title list and books by Irish authors are very popular. Six of the ten most popular adult fiction books are by Irish authors: Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín; The boy in the striped pyjamas, by John Boyne; Once in a lifetime by Cathy Kelly; The return journey, by Maeve Binchy; The secret scripture, by Sebastian Barry, and Let the great world spin, by Colum McCann.

The ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ lists are compiled by the Library Council from information supplied to the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme by public libraries.

The figures are released following the second Bord Gáis Energy READISCOVER Your Local Library campaign, during which hundreds of events took place in public libraries throughout Ireland.

10,011 authors resident in thirty-two countries were registered for Irish PLR in 2010. €319,558.75 was paid out to 4,639 authors in respect of their total library loans. Four authors received the maximum payment of €3,000, and the rate-per-loan was 8.88 cent.

Commenting on the second year of PLR, Senator Mark Dearey, Chairman of The Library Council, stated that the Council was delighted to manage the PLR scheme and thanked the country’s public library services for their co-operation in providing the loans data.

PLR is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Information about PLR is available at www.plr.ie.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Brendan Teeling, Assistant Director,  Library Council:
Tel: 087 6184734; 01 6761167; email: bteeling@librarycouncil.ie.

Eva McEneaney, Executive Librarian, PLR Office,  Library Council: 
Tel: 01 6761167; email: emceneaney@librarycouncil.ie.

Notes for Editors

Under the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme, payment is made to authors, illustrators, etc. whose books are borrowed from one of the country’s 352 public libraries.

PLR is managed by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (the Library Council) and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. 

There are over 14 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in 14 million loans of books.

Most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2010   

Most Borrowed Titles 2010 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
2 Colm Toibin Brooklyn
3 Stieg Larsson The girl with the dragon tattoo
4 John Boyne The boy in the striped pyjamas
5 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
6 Stephenie Meyer Twilight
7 Dan Brown The lost symbol
8 Stieg Larsson The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest
9 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone
10 Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake The BFG

Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Titles 2010

Position Author Title
1 Colm Toibin Brooklyn
2 Stieg Larsson The girl with the dragon tattoo
3 John Boyme The boy in the striped pyjamas
4 Dan Brown The lost symbol
5 Stieg Larsson The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest
6 Cathy Kelly Once in a lifetime
7 Maeve Binchy The return journey
8 Sebastian Barry The secret scripture
9 Stieg Larsson The girl who played with fire
10 Colum McCann Let the great world spin

Most Borrowed Children’s Fiction Titles 2010

Position Author Title
1 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the deathly hallows
2 Stephenie Meyer Twilight
3 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone
4 Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake The BFG
5 Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake Fantastic Mr. Fox
6 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter
7 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the football fiend
8 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb
9 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine
10 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the prizoner of Azkaban

 

Most Borrowed Fiction by Irish Authors 2010 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Colm Toibin Brooklyn
2 John Boyne The boy in the striped pyjamas
3 Cathy Kelly Once in a lifetime
4 Maeve Binchy The return journey
5 Sebastian Barry The secret scripture
6 Colum McCann Let the great world spin
7 Marian Keyes The brightest star in the sky
8 Patricia Scanlan Happy ever after
9 Cathy Kelly Lessons in heartbreak
10 Maeve Binchy Heart and soul

Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Titles 2010

Position Author/Contributor Title
1 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
2 Rhonda Byrne The Secret

Most Borrowed Authors 2010 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Adult/Children
1 Roderick Hunt C
2 Daisy Meadows C
3 Francesca Simon C
4 Enid Blyton C
5 Jacqueline Wilson C
6 Roger Hargreaves C
7 James Patterson A
8 Nora Roberts A
9 Roald Dahl C
10 Terry Deary C

Most Borrowed  Authors 2010 (Adult Fiction)

Position Author
1 James Patterson
2 Nora Roberts
3 Lee Child
4 Darren Shan
5 Jodi  Picoult
6 Meg Cabot
7 Michael Connelly
8 Danielle Steel
9 Maeve Binchy
10 Tess Gerritsen

Most Borrowed Children’s Authors 2010

Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt
2 Daisy Meadows
3 Francesca Simon
4 Enid Blyton
5 Jacqueline Wilson
6 Roger Hargreaves
7 Roald Dahl
8 Terry Deary
9 Adam Blade
10 Julia Donaldson

Most Borrowed Irish Authors 2010 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author
1 Darren Shan
2 Martin Waddell
3 Eoin Colfer
4 Maeve Binchy
5 Marita Conlon-McKenna
6 Sheila O’Flanagan
7 Judi Curtin
8 Patricia Scanlan
9 Roddy Doyle
10 Marian Keyes

Detailed lists of the most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2010 can be accessed on the PLR website at www.plr.ie

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.

Most Borrowed Titles in 2010

April 12th, 2011

Details of the 100 most borrowed titles for PLR Year 2010 can be found here.

The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Titles 2010
Position Title Author/Contributor
1 Official Driver Theory Test Road Safety Authority /Prometric Ireland Ltd
2 Brooklyn Colm Toibin
3 The Girl with the dragon tattoo Stieg Larsson
4 The boy in the striped pyjamas John Boyne
5 Harry Potter and the deathly hallows J.K. Rowling
6 Twilight Stephenie Meyer
7 The lost symbol Dan Brown
8 The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest Stieg Larsson
9 Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone J.K. Rowling
10 The BFG Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
11 Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
12 Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
13 Once in a lifetime Cathy Kelly
14 Horrid Henry and the football fiend Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
15 The return journey Maeve Binchy
16 The secret scripture Sebastian Barry
17 Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
18 The girl who played with fire Stieg Larsson
19 Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
20 Let the great world spin Colum McCann
21 Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling
22 New moon Stephenie Meyer
23 The Twin Gerbrand Bakker
24 The brightest star in the sky Marian Keyes
25 Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets J.K. Rowling
26 Happy ever after Patricia Scanlan
27 George’s marvellous medicine Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
28 Horrid Henry gets rich quick Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
29 Harry Potter and the half-blood Prince J.K. Rowling
30 The Witches Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
31 The Twits Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
32 Horrid Henry tricks the tooth fairy Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
33 Horrid Henry’s underpants Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
34 Eclipse Stephenie Meyer
35 Horrid Henry meets the Queen Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
36 Horrid Henry’s Christmas cracker Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
37 Candyfloss Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
38 Horrid Henry and the mummy’s curse Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
39 Breaking dawn Stephenie Meyer
40 Lessons in heartbreak Cathy Kelly
41 Horrid Henry’s haunted house Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
42 The scarecrow Michael Connelly
43 James and the giant peach Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
44 Heart and soul Maeve Binchy
45 Horrid Henry v Moody Margaret Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
46 Horrid Henry’s revenge Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
47 Horrid Henry’s nits Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
48 Under the hawthorn tree Marita Conlon-McKenna
49 A thousand splendid suns Khaled Hosseini
50 My sister Jodie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
51 The lovely bones Alice Sebold
52 The perfect man Sheila O’Flanagan
53 Horrid Henry robs the bank Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
54 Skulduggery Pleasant Derek Landy
55 Horrid Henry and the abominable snowman Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
56 Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix J. K. Rowling
57 The magic finger Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
58 Nine dragons Michael Connelly
59 Horrid Henry and the secret club Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
60 Handle with care Jodi Picoult
61 The secret Rhonda Byrne
62 Horrid Henry’s evil enemies Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
63 The help Kathryn Stockett
64 Long lost Harlan Coben
65 Gruffalo Julia Donaldson: illustrated by Axel Scheffler
66 Cookie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
67 The picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
68 Danny the champion of the world Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
69 The brass verdict Michael Connelly
70 Coming home Patricia Scanlan
71 Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
72 Swimsuit James Patterson
73 Horrid Henry rules the world Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
74 Picture perfect Jodi Picoult
75 Best friends Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
76 This year it will be different Maeve Binchy
77 The associate John Grisham
78 The Diamond girls Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
79 Horrid Henry and other stories Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
80 Worst case James Patterson
81 Harry Potter and the goblet of fire J.K. Rowling
82 Love and summer William Trevor
83 Horrid Henry’s wicked ways Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
84 The gift Cecelia Ahern
85 206 Bones Kathy Reichs
86 Alice & Megan forever Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
87 Rodrick Rules Jeff Kinney
88 Diary of a wimpy kid Jeff Kinney
89 Star of the sea Joseph O’Connor
90 Clean break Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
91 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
92 The last straw Jeff Kinney
93 Please forgive me Melissa Hill
94 Where’s Wally? Martin Handford
95 Forgive and forget Patricia Scanlan
96 Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
97 Dog days Jeff Kinney
98 Keeping the dead Tess Gerritsen
99 The gathering Anne Enright
100 8th Confession James Patterson

Most Borrowed Authors 2010

Children’s Books Top Library Loans’s Charts

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Most Borrowed Authors in 2010

April 12th, 2011

Details of the 100 most borrowed authors for PLR Year 2010 can be found here.

The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Most Borrowed Authors 2010 No. 1 to 50

Position Author Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt 26 Lauren Child
2 Daisy Meadows 27 Martin Waddell
3 Francesca Simon 28 Danielle Steel
4 Enid Blyton 29 Karen McCombie
5 Jacqueline Wilson 30 Dav Pilkey
6 Roger Hargreaves 31 Eoin Colfer
7 James Patterson 32 Maeve Binchy
8 Nora Roberts 33 Lucy Daniels
9 Roald Dahl 34 Tess Gerritsen
10 Terry Deary 35 Harlan Coben
11 Adam Blade 36 Megan McDonald
12 Lee Child 37 John Grisham
13 Julia Donaldson 38 Jeremy Strong
14 Vivian French 39 Ian Whybrow
15 Darren Shan 40 Marita Conlon-McKenna
16 Jodi Picoult 41 Sheila O’Flanagan
17 Michael Morpurgo 42 Stephenie Meyer
18 Dr. Seuss 43 Robert Muchamore
19 Meg Cabot 44 Judi Curtin
20 R.L. Stine 45 Karen Wallace
21 Anthony Horowitz 46 Agatha Christie
22 Michael Connelly 47 Jeffery Deaver
23 Fiona Watt 48  Wilbert Awdry
24 J.K. Rowling 49 Heather Amery
25 Rose Impey 50 Eric Hill

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PLR: Most Borrowed Authors 2010 No. 51 to 100

Position Author Position Author
51 Lemony Snicket 76 Malachy Doyle
52 Felicity Brooks 77 Allan Ahlberg
53 Josephine Cox 78 Lesley Pearse
54 Patricia Scanlan 79 Lucy Cousins
55 Henning Mankell 80 Martina Cole
56 Martin Handford 81 Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi)
57 Kelly McKain 82 Ruth Rendell
58 Cathy Hopkins 83 Linda Chapman
59 Alexander McCall Smith 84 Tony Bradman
60 Roddy Doyle 85 Mick Inkpen
61 Sue Bentley 86 Anne Cassidy
62 Anne Fine 87 Sue Graves
63 Cathy Cassidy 88 Sally Grindley
64 Dick King-Smith 89 Tony Ross
65 Marian Keyes 90 Cynthia Rider
66 Jenny Oldfield 91 Cecelia Ahern
67 Ian Rankin 92 Terry Pratchett
68 Mary Higgins Clark 93 Anita Ganeri
69 David Baldacci 94 Oisin McGann
70 John Connolly 95 Melissa Hill
71 Brianog Brady Dawson 96 Jean and Gareth Adamson
72 Anita Shreve 97 Joe O’Brien
73 Stieg Larsson 98 Jillian Powell
74 Cathy Kelly 99 Sophie Kinsella
75 Jonathan Kellerman 100 Lynda La Plante

Children’s Books Top Library Loans’ Charts

Most Borrowed Titles in 2010

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January: Harry Potter in Number One Position

January 8th, 2011

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. Following a review of our method of calculation, the Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors is now based on a larger number of titles.

The lists are compiled using the Top 250 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from January 2011.

Most Borrowed Titles in January 2011

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  3. The official theory test – Road safety Authority
  4. Minding Frankie – Maeve Binchy
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
  6. Homecoming – Cathy Kelly
  7. The last straw – Jeff Kinney
  8. Room- Emma Donoghue
  9. Dog days – Jeff Kinney
  10. The help – Kathryn Stockett

For the third successive month, J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ assumes the Number 1 spot on our list of Top Titles loaned in January 2011.

‘Room’, the international bestseller and award winning novel by Emma Donghue is the story of a five-year-old called Jack and a celebration of resilience and the love between parent and child. ‘Room’ remains at Number 8 for the second successive month in the list of Top Titles.

Most Borrowed Authors in January 2011 

  1. Francesca Simon
  2. Jacqueline Wilson
  3. Roger Hargreaves
  4. Roald Dahl
  5. Jeff Kinney
  6. James Patterson
  7. J.K. Rowling
  8. Daisy Meadows
  9. Judi Curtin
  10. Stieg Larsson

Francesca Simon’s popularity with Irish Public Library users shows no signs of abating as she continues in poll position in our Top 10 list of most borrowed authors.