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Okanagan Regional Library Reaches Record-Breaking 1 Million Digital Book Checkouts in 2022

Posted on: March 10, 2023

November 30th, 2022, Kelowna BC, ORL announced today that it reached a record-breaking 1 million digital book checkouts in 2022.  

This milestone illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines, as well as the library’s success in serving all members of the community.  

ORL is one of 112 public library systems worldwide that received this award for surpassing one million digital checkouts in a calendar year.  

ORL 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 OverDrive. The large collection serves readers of all ages and interests, and reader usage has grown every year.  

“We’re very proud and grateful to our community of readers for helping us reach this checkout goal!” says library staff.

The highest-circulating title ORL readers borrowed in 2022 was The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.  

The top-circulating genre, Thrillers, represents the most popular in a vast catalogue that also includes mystery, romance, children/young adult and more.  

The top 5 eBooks borrowed through ORL’s digital collection in 2022:  

  • The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah 
  • The Judges’ List, by John Grisham 
  • The Girl in His Shadow, by Audrey Blake 
  • The Last Thing He Told Me, by Laura Dave 
  • State of Terror, by Louise Penny 

Top 5 eAudiobooks borrowed in 2022: 

  • Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens 
  • The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah 
  • Five Little Indians, by Michelle Good 
  • The Judge’s List, by John Grisham 
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 

Top 5 Magazines borrowed in 2022: 

  • The Economist 
  • Us Weekly 
  • HELLO! Magazine 
  • Canadian Living 
  • Woman’s World 

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