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Arkansas Digital Library Consortium Reaches Record-Breaking One Million Digital Book Checkouts in 2022

The Arkansas Digital Library Consortium (ADLC) exceeded its 2021 record-breaking one million digital book checkouts. In 2022, ADLC loaned over 1.3 million eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital media to library users from over 135 library locations around the state. This milestone demonstrates the continued growth and importance of libraries, as well as the libraries’ success in serving all members of the community.

With 1.3 million checkouts, ADLC ranks #31 in digital circulation among all public library consortia worldwide, and is one of 129 public library systems to surpass one million checkouts in 2022.

ADLC member libraries provide readers 24/7 access to eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines through the award-winning Libby app, a library reading app created by OverDrive. Libby lets readers search ADLC’s collection of over 100,000 titles and enjoy them on their device of choice. The robust collection serves readers of all ages and interests, and usage continue to grow every year.

“These numbers are impressive, but not at all surprising,” said Jennifer Chilcoat, Director of the Arkansas State Library. “Libraries in Arkansas do so much to meet their users where they are, providing resources that are not only valuable, but also tailored to the needs and interests of each individual.”

The most popular title ADLC readers borrowed in 2022 is The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. Romance is the most popular genre from a vast catalog that also includes mystery, fantasy, children/young adult and more.

ADLC’s Top 5 eBooks in 2022:
  1. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  2. The Judge’s List by John Grisham
  3. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  5. Run, Rose, Run by James Patterson

ADLC’s Top 5 Audiobooks in 2022:
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  3. Run, Rose, Run by James Patterson
  4. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  5. The Judge’s List by John Grisham

About ADLC

Residents of Arkansas only need a valid library card from a member library to access digital books from ADLC’s digital collection. Readers can use any major device, including Apple™, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle™. Download the Libby app or visit ADLC’s OverDrive collection to start borrowing eBooks, audiobooks and more anytime, anywhere.

ADLC facilitates the acquisition and use of digital content by pooling the buying power of Arkansas public libraries. ADLC is administered by the Arkansas State Library and is open to all public libraries within the state.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves more than 88,000 libraries and schools in 109 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, video, and other content.

OverDrive’s commitment to empower every library and school includes expanding access for all, tireless industry advocacy and consistent innovation. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

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