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Libraries of Great Britain – Most Borrowed 2014/15

By February 10, 2016Libraries

With Austerity cuts hitting our public libraries hard and over 400 of them already closed down we need now more than ever to show our support for these valuable local amenities or risk them all becoming nothing more than images in our history books.

Public Lending Right (PLR) has recently released the figures for the most borrowed in 2014/2015 and I think the results might just surprise you.

Most Borrowed Authors (Adult)

1. James Patterson 
2. M C Beaton
3. Nora Roberts 
4. Lee Child
5. Anna Jacobs 
6. David Baldacci 
7. Danielle Steel 
8. Clive Cussler 
9. Katie Flynn 
10. Peter Robinson

Most Borrowed Authors (Children)

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

Most Borrowed Authors (Classics)

1. Roald Dahl
2. Enid Blyton 
3. Agatha Christie
4. Beatrix Potter 
5. Georgette Heyer 
6. Charles Dickens 
7. P G Wodehouse 
8. J R R Tolkien 
9. Daphne du Maurier 
10. William Shakespeare

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Most Borrowed Titles

1. Personal – Lee Child
2. Never Go Back – Lee Child
3. Abattoir Blues – Peter Robinson
4. The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
5. Invisible – James Patterson
6. Unlucky 13 – James Patterson
7. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
8. Want You Dead – Peter James
9. Be Careful What You Wish For – Jeffrey Archer
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

Most Borrowed Audio Books

1. Without a Trace read by Emma Powell
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone read by Stephen Fry
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows read by Stephen Fry
4. Demon Dentist read by David Walliams
5. The Cuckoo’s Calling read by Robert Glenister
6. Demon Dentist read by David Walliams
7. The Silkworm read by Robert Glenister
8. Never Go Back read by Jeff Harding
9. Be Careful What You Wish For read by Alex Jennings
10. Ratburger read by David Walliams

According to LEWIS (Loans Enquiry Web Information Service) the most popular non fiction titles that were borrowed from public libraries were as follows.

Cookery:  Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less – Jamie Oliver

Gardening: The Patch: The Big Allotment Challenge – Tessa Evelegh

Travel: Lonely Planet’s Italy – Cristian Bonetto

Home Maintenance DIY: 100 DIY Jobs – Sarah Beeny


The top 5 authors (Adult) represent over 1,000,000 loans in the twelve month period that was measured, which can only be a good thing.
Keep borrowing books, keep using our libraries and let’s keep them open.

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