1.9M digital books borrowed from Contra Costa County Library in 2023

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1.9M digital books borrowed from Contra Costa County Library in 2023
San Pablo Library is located at, 13751 San Pablo Ave. (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

Contra Costa County Library reached a new milestone with 1.9 million digital books borrowed in 2023. The County Library is 50th of all standalone libraries and one of 152 total public library systems worldwide that surpassed one million digital checkouts in the last calendar year.

The Library system provides readers with access to content like ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and comic books through the Libby app created by OverDrive. It also offers movies and TV shows through Kanopy.

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros was the highest-circulating title readers borrowed from Contra Costa County Library last year. The top-circulating genre is romance.

“In the post-pandemic world, the largest segment of our cardholders are people accessing our digital materials,” said Alison McKee, County Librarian at Contra Costa County Library. “In 2023, we doubled our collection budget in an effort to get more materials in the hands of our readers, more quickly and more often.” 

The top 5 ebook titles borrowed through Contra Costa County Library’s digital collection in 2023: 

  1. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  3. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  5. Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

The top 5 audiobook titles borrowed through Contra Costa County Library’s digital collection in 2023: 

  1. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
  2. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
  3. 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Wiest
  4. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  5. Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

Download the Libby app or visit ccc.overdrive.com to access the borrowing of ebooks, audiobooks and more.