January 25, 2022

Toronto Public Library: Top 100 Most Popular Books and DVDs, & Top Five Ebooks in 2016

From the Toronto Public Library:

Every year, Torontonians borrow about 32 million print and downloadable items. This year, Toronto Public Library (TPL) is releasing a list of the year’s most popular materials (print books, ebooks and DVDS), providing an interesting glimpse into our city’s reading and viewing habits.

Read the Complete Blog Post

From CBC:

The list is based on the number of holds local readers placed on the books this year, a measurement librarians felt was the most accurate measurement of what people wanted to read.

Michele Melady, the library’s manager of collection development, said while she was struck by the list’s variety — from page-turning thrillers to thoughtful reflections on race and ethnicity to comedies — the results do make a few things clear.

First and foremost: “Torontonians are voracious readers.”

Second, Melady said she was happy, though not surprised, to see that about one quarter of the entire list is Canadian. Madeleine Thien’s Giller Award-winning Do Not Say We Have Nothing was the most-requested Canadian book of 2016.

“It was a great year for Canadian publishing,” she said.

Read the Complete Article

Direct to Complete Toronto Public Library Lists

Top 100 Most Popular Books

Top 100 DVDs

Top 5 Fiction and Top 5 Non-Fiction Ebooks (See Blog Post)

Lists From Other Libraries

BC: 2016’s most read books at the Vancouver Public Library (via CBC)

CA: San Diego County Library: Top 15 Library Checkouts in 2016 (Books, Ebooks, Movies)

DC: DC Public Library Releases Lists of Most Borrowed/Downloaded Books/Ebooks/Audiobooks in 2016

MA: Boston Public Library Announces Top Borrowed Titles of 2016

NY:  Most Popular Fiction and Nonfiction Books at Albany Public Library in 2016 (via Times Union)

NY: New York Public Library: The Most Popular Check Outs of 2016

TX: Austin Public Library’s Most Popular Titles of 2016 and What They Say About Austin

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.