Public Libraries: Most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2013

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on December 11, 2014 in Libraries

With over 17.04 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in over 19 million loans of books and non-book materials the popularity of libraries among children and their families is to be seen by figures compiled by the Public Lending Remuneration Scheme and recently released by Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency.  In […]

With over 17.04 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in over 19 million loans of books and non-book materials the popularity of libraries among children and their families is to be seen by figures compiled by the Public Lending Remuneration Scheme and recently released by Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency.

In the top 100 ‘most borrowed from the library’, children’s authors dominated this list in Ireland’s 336 public libraries in 2013. Nine children’s authors made it into the top ten, with Roderick Hunt, creator of over 400 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, the most popular author for the fifth successive year with almost 160,000 library loans. Classic stories remain among children’s favourites with renowned and ever popular authors such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl in the top ten list of children’s authors, alongside Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon, and Jacqueline Wilson. Another world classic, Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, continues to engage young readers sixty-seven years after the first publication of the diary, through poignant account of life during the Holocaust.

The ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series by American author Jeff Kinney is overwhelmingly popular and takes the top six places on the most borrowed titles list. This series of books which highlights the adventures of school boy Greg Heffley, has become even more popular following the series of films based on the books. A new entry to the top ten of children’s author’s in 2013 was Michael Morpurgo, a multi-prize winning author and former Children’s Laureate who has published over 100 books.

The figures for adult loans show that crime thrillers remain in high demand among library users. For the fourth successive year, prolific US writer James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author with over 68,000 library loans. In total, six authors writing in the crime and thriller genres appear in the list of top 10 most borrowed adult fiction authors. Another American favourite, Nora Roberts, who also writes as J.D. Robb, is the second most-borrowed general fiction author with over 61,000 loans. The much acclaimed Norwegian crime writer, Jo Nesbø, also featured in the top ten.

Irish writers and illustrators, both children’s and adult, are also attracting a steady following, with 14 featuring in the top 100. Irish children’s author Judi Curtin, creator of the ‘Alice and Megan’ and ‘Eva’ series, was the most borrowed Irish author for the second year running.

Irish fiction remains dominant in the lists for Irish writers; with 22 Irish fiction titles making it into the top 100.

The influence of the Dublin City Library’s initiative, ‘Dublin: One City, One Book’ is reflected in James Plunkett’s Strumpet City making first place as the most borrowed adult fiction title by an Irish author. The second most borrowed adult fiction title by an Irish writer was A Week in Winter; the last novel written by the much loved author, Maeve Binchy. The winner of the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2013 also attracted the attention of many readers, with Kevin Barry’s winning debut novel, City of Bohane, the fourth most borrowed adult fiction title last year.

It is to be noted that the most borrowed non-fiction book was based on a more pragmatic choice by Irish readers; the Official Driver Theory Test was the most popular in this category. Not so surprising to the staff here in Fingal Libraries as they report that it is a high demand item which practically has a constant reserve list for it!

1. Most Borrowed Titles 2013 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

2 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
3 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
4 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
5 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
6 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
7 James Plunkett: Introduction by Fintan O’Toole Strumpet City
8 Nick Schon Save Pudding Wood
9 Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
10 Suzanne Collins Catching Fire

2. Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Titles 2013

Position Author Title
1 James Plunkett: Introduction by Fintan O’Toole Strumpet City
2 J.K. Rowling The casual vacancy
3 Maeve Binchy A Week in Winter
4 Kevin Barry City of Bohane
5 EL James Fifty shades of grey
6 John Grisham The racketeer
7 John Grisham The litigators
8 Sinead Moriarty This child of mine
9 Dan Brown Inferno
10 Marian Keyes The mystery of Mercy Close

3. Most Borrowed Children’s Fiction Titles 2013

Position Author Title
1 Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

2 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
3 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
4 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
5 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
6 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
7 Nick Schon Save Pudding Wood
8 Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
9 Suzanne Collins Catching Fire
10 Jeff Kinney Dog Days

4. Most Borrowed Fiction by Irish Authors 2013 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 James Plunkett: Introduction by Fintan O’Toole Strumpet City
2 Maeve Binchy A Week in Winter
3 Marita Conlon-McKenna Under the hawthorn tree
4 Kevin Barry City of Bohane
5 Judi Curtin Eva’s journey
6 Judi Curtin Eva’s holiday
7 Marita Conlon-McKenna Wildflower Girl
8 Judi Curtin Leave it to Eva
9 Judi Curtin Alice in the Middle
10 Sinead Moriarty This child of mine

5. Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Titles 2013

Position Author/Contributor Title
1 Road Safety Authority The official driver theory test : questions and answers
2 Mary O’Rourke

Just Mary: My Memoir

3 Guinness World Records Guinness World Records 2012
4 Guinness World Records Guinness World Records 2013
5 Michael Harding Staring at lakes: A memoir of love, melancholy and magical thinking

6. Most Borrowed Authors 2013 (Adult and Children Combined)

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

7. Most Borrowed Authors 2013 (Adult Fiction)

Position Author
1 James Patterson
2 Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
3 Lee Child
4 Michael Connelly
5 Maeve Binchy
6 Harlan Coben
7 Danielle Steele
8 Jodi Picoult
9 Tess Gerritsen
10 Jo Nesbo

8. Most Borrowed Children’s Authors 2013

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

9. Most Borrowed Irish Authors 2013 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author
1 Judi Curtin
2 Darren Shan
3 Maeve Binchy
4 Martin Waddell
5 Eoin Colfer
6 Roddy Doyle
7 Cathy Kelly
8 Malachy Doyle
9 Derek Landy
10 Sheila O’Flanagan

All of the above information was compiled by the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme: www.plr.ie (please find further information on their website)