May 28, 2022

New Lists From OCLC: Top 10 Interlibrary Loan Requests, 2018 Edition (Books and Journals)

From an OCLC “Next” Blog Post by Christa Starck:

Unveiling the list of the most ILL’d titles each year is always fun. And it’s particularly special this year, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of OCLC interlibrary loan. Today—many services, upgrades and enhancements later—about 280 million requests have been processed, including last year’s 6.9 million.


This year’s list is almost all new. Eight of the ten titles appear for the first time. The only repeats are The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, which moved up to #5 from #8 and A Gentleman in Moscow, which dropped to #8 from #3.

For the first time in three years, Hillbilly Elegy is not on the list.

Also, for the first time, one author, Jordan Peterson, has two books on the list, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos and Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief.

The titles on our list mirror those on four best seller lists: AmazonPublishers WeeklyBarnes and Noble, and USA Today:

Girl Wash Your Face, which was #7 on our list, landed in the top ten of all of these lists.

Educated, 12 Rules for Life, and The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck appeared on at least one of the lists.

Surprisingly, Becoming, Michelle Obama’s autobiography, didn’t make our top ten list but was number one on all of the lists mentioned above. However, the book has been the most or second most requested title for the first three months of 2019.

Most ILL’d of 2018
#1 Title: Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover 
#1 Journal Pediatrics

Direct to Full Text Article with More Info and Complete 2018 Top Ten ILL’d Lists

See Also: Looking at interlibrary loan, 2017 edition

See Also: Looking at interlibrary loan, 2016 edition

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