Metropolitan Library System Reaches Record-Breaking Three Million Digital Book Checkouts in 2022

The Metropolitan Library System (MLS) announced today that it reached a record-breaking three million digital book checkouts in 2022. This milestone illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital content as well as the library’s success in serving all members of the community. Metro Library ranks #21 of all standalone public libraries in OverDrive checkouts. MLS is one of 129 public library systems worldwide and the first in Oklahoma that surpassed one million digital checkouts last calendar year (complete list here).

The library system has been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years through the award-winning Libby app, the library reading app created by OverDriveThe large collection serves readers of all ages and interests, and reader usage has grown every year.

“We’re very excited to reach this milestone once again as we have continued to see growth in our digital checkouts even as our community has returned to utilizing our physical library collections,” said Janeal Walker, Collection Development Manager at Metro Library. “MLS is pleased our partnership with OverDrive assists us in connecting our diverse communities with resources and experiences to educate and enrich lives.”

The highest-circulating title Metro Library readers borrowed in 2022 was The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. The top-circulating genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes mystery, fantasy, children/young adult and more.

The top 5 ebook titles borrowed through Metropolitan Library System’s digital collection in 2022:
1. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
2. Verity by Colleen Hoover
3. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
4. Book Lovers by Emily Henry
5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The top 5 audiobook titles borrowed through Metropolitan Library System’s digital collection in 2022:
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
2. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
3. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
4. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
5. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Readers in Oklahoma County just need a valid library card to access digital books from Metro Library’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. You can use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (U.S. only).

Download the Libby app or visit https://metrolibrary.overdrive.com/ to get started borrowing ebooks, audiobooks and more anytime, anywhere.

About Metropolitan Library System

The Metropolitan Library System provides library services for more than 800,000 residents of Oklahoma County. We have 19 physical locations as well as 24/7 access to our digital resources asmetrolibrary.org.

About OverDrive 

OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves more than 88,000 libraries and schools in 109 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, video and other content. OverDrive’s commitment to empower every library and school includes expanding access for all, tireless industry advocacy and consistently innovating. Award-winning apps and services include theLibby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and TeachingBooks.net, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com

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