May 17, 2022

Canada: A Visual Analysis of the Most Loaned Library Books, Types of Materials, and Library Users in Montreal

The analysis was conducted by the Montreal Gazette, the city’s English language daily newspapers.

The report includes three interactive visualizations.

From the Newspaper Article:

A Gazette analysis of the entire catalogue [downloadable, CSV] of Montreal’s 45 libraries showed that manga comics are by far the most loaned-out books in city libraries, followed by European comics like Les légendaires and Winx Club.

This shows that children make a significant portion of the city’s library-going public, which delights the director of Montreal’s library network.

“I’m happy to see that in general, Montreal’s libraries have made major gains in the youth segment. They’re the future of reading, an essential base for an educated city,” said Luc Jodoin [director of Bibliothèques Montréal].

Read the Complete Article and Access Three Interactive Visualizations

  • Most Loaned Book in Each of the City Boroughs Since They Had Electronic Catalogue
  • What Libraries Carry vs. What Users Borrow
  • Who are Using the City’s Libraries

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.