On July 31, 2018, Toronto Public Library became the first library in the world to lend over twenty million ebooks.
n 2007, Toronto Public Library started its first digital collection. There were 25 ebook titles, including Astrology for Dummies, a book on Joan of Arc, an eerily prescient (and somewhat ghoulish) book titled “Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse“, and 17 travel guides.
A year later, the collection had grown to 1,500 titles, which had been borrowed nearly 30,000 times. By 2017, it had reached over 170,000 titles, which were borrowed over 4.6 million times that year. Cipriano, who has been responsible for the collection since 2011, says that ebooks, eaudiobooks and evideo accounted for about 18 % of the library’s circulation last year.
Toronto Public Library Breaks Ebook Record (20 Million Ebooks Borrowed)
Filed by August 16, 2018on