May 23, 2022

BBC Report: E-book Loan Record for Libraries in Northern Ireland

From the BBC:

Libraries NI marketing officer Julie Campbell said 446 books were downloaded in a single day for reading on tablet computers and mobile devices.

The e-book service began three years ago this month, and the number of users has been growing steadily.

During July 2011, the first month of the service, a total of 363 e-books were downloaded. So far this month, users have downloaded 9,439 titles.

Ms Campbell said the daily download figure currently averages somewhere between 200 and 300 e-books, and she is not sure why there was such a spike on Sunday.


While e-books are growing in popularity, Ms Campbell said it did not spell the end of the traditional library.

“I think there’s still room for both – a lot of people still prefer to read on paper, and we’ve got people who are borrowing books as well as using the e-book service,” she said.

The article also includes yearly e-book borrowing totals back to 2011

  • 2011/2012 – 18,279 downloads
  • 2012/2013 – 48,212 downloads
  • 2013/2014 – 91,895 downloads

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Note: Libraries NI uses the OverDrive platform.

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