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.