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Press Release: Overdrive [May 10, 2024]

Readers have borrowed more than 4 billion books through OverDrive

On April 30, 2024, Crafty Birds by Kristy Conlin became the four billionth title checked out through OverDrive and our award-winning apps, Libby and Sora. This achievement is a testament to the librarians and educators who champion digital reading every day (as well as that patron at Calgary Public Library who checked the title out!).

The very first library checkout of an ebook through OverDrive occurred in 2003 and it took four years to reach the first million in 2007 and another five to reach 100 million in 2012. As libraries' support for digital reading grew, OverDrive's all-time checkouts reached 1 billion checkouts in March 2018. By December 2020, digital checkouts through OverDrive and Libby and Sora surpassed 2 billion. Within two years, that number had reached 3 billion.

Thanks to your commitment and dedication, checkouts have now surpassed 4 billion. More people than ever are discovering the joy of borrowing ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics from your digital library and we are grateful to serve all the users who benefit from access to digital content.

Public libraries drive community engagement through innovation and inspiration

An important driver of the four billion digital book checkout achievement are local library initiatives that focus on raising awareness and increasing engagement within their communities. A few examples of these initiatives:

  • Los Angeles Public Library, the highest circulating digital library in the United States, became the first library to hit twelve million digital checkouts in a calendar year.
  • Harris County Public Library (TX) is empowering democracy by providing local voter guides in Libby.
  • The over 2.1 million users who use their public library's digital book collection with an Instant Digital Card.
  • Tinley Park Public Library (IL) eliminates barriers to reading by partnering with local school district using Public Library CONNECT.

As we look ahead to the next billion, we will continue our mission of creating an inclusive and accessible reading experience for all as we support the 92,000 libraries, schools, colleges, and organizations in 115 countries who use digital content to reach more of their communities.


Summary: Crafty Birds by Kristy Conlin became the four billionth title checked out through OverDrive and our award-winning apps, Libby and Sora. This achievement is a testament to the librarians and educators who champion digital reading every day. Thanks to your commitment and dedication, checkouts have now surpassed 4 billion. More people than ever are discovering the joy of borrowing ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics from your digital library and we are grateful to serve all the users who benefit from access to digital content.
Publication Year:2024
Type of Material:Press Release
LanguageEnglish
Date Issued:May 10, 2024
Publisher:Overdrive
Company: Overdrive
Permalink: https://librarytechnology.org/pr/30076/readers-have-borrowed-more-than-4-billion-books-through-overdrive

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