Toronto Public Library Breaks Ebook Record (20 Million Ebooks Borrowed)
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.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.