January 27, 2022

The Most Borrowed Authors and Books in UK Public Libraries During 2016-2017

From Public Lending Right/British Library:

The latest annual data released today by the Public Lending Right (PLR) office shows which books and authors proved most popular with library borrowers during 2016-17.

For the eleventh consecutive year prolific US thriller writer James Patterson was the most borrowed author from UK libraries. He has held this title since 2006/07 and during that time his books have been borrowed over 22 million times.

During 2016-17 his books were loaned over 2 million times and his most popular title with library borrowers was Bullseye.

Top 10 most borrowed titles, 2016/17

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (hardback edition)
2. Make Me by Lee Child (hardback edition)
3. Night School by Lee Child
4. Personal by Lee Child
5. Make Me by Lee Child (paperback edition)
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (paperback edition)
7. When the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson
8. Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer
9. Bullseye by James Patterson
10. The Last Mile by David Baldacci

Thrillers were extremely popular with book borrowers across the UK as confirmed above. The Girl on the Train by British author Paula Hawkins hit the top spot for the second year running. The hardback edition steamed in at number one with the paperback edition in sixth place.

Also available is this list of most borrowed titles by region.

See Also: PLR Most Borrowed Lists Archive (1990-)

See Also: Top 20 Most Borrowed Titles in Irish Public Libraries 2017 (via PLR Ireland)

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.