Chester County Is One of 136 Public Library Systems Worldwide in Total Digital Circulation

1.1 million digital books borrowedSubmitted Image/UGC

EXTON, PA — Chester County Library System announced that its patrons reached a new milestone: 1.1 million digital books borrowed in 2023. This achievement illustrates the library’s commitment to serving all members of the community in innovative ways, including with a large catalog of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and other digital media.

Chester County Library System is #136 of all standalone public libraries and one of 152 total public library systems worldwide that surpassed one million digital checkouts in the last calendar year.

Chester County Library System has been providing readers 24/7 access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, comic books, and other digital content for several years through the award-winning Libby app, the library reading app created by OverDrive. The large collection serves readers of all ages and interests, and usage has grown throughout the years.

Library Name also offers thousands of movies and TV shows available through Kanopy, the leading video streaming service for public libraries. Viewers enjoyed hundreds/thousands of hours of content ranging from documentaries, children’s TV shows, instructional series, and Academy Award-winning films, all for free without ads.

“The Chester County Library System is happy to announce we have reached a wonderful milestone, 1 Million electronic books checked out by our patrons! This is over 25% of our total materials checked out. In my 12 years as Executive Director, I’ve been happy to see this service grow as our libraries have allocated resources to meet community needs. These materials are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to any resident of Chester County. As we move into 2024 and as technology permeates our society I expect this service to continue to flourish and expand” says Joseph Sherwood, Executive Director of Chester County Library System.

The highest-circulating title Chester County Library System readers borrowed in 2023 was Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. The top-circulating genre, thriller, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes fiction, romance, romance, mystery, children/young adult, and more.

The top 5 eBook titles borrowed through Chester County Library System’s digital collection in 2023:

  • Verity by Colleen Hoover
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover
  • The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

The top 5 eAudiobook titles borrowed through Chester County Library System’s digital collection in 2023:

  • Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
  • The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
  • Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
  • You Shouldn’t Have Come Here by Jeneva Rose
  • Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter

Readers in Chester County just need a valid library card to access digital books from Chester County Library System’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. You can use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™, and Kindle(R) (U.S. only).

Download the Libby app or visit https://chester.overdrive.com/ to get started borrowing eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more anytime, anywhere.

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