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‘The Girl on the Train’ named UK libraries’ most-borrowed book; titles borrowed drops 6.3%

In the UK, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Doubleday) has topped the list of the most-borrowed library books for 2016/17, according to the latest Public Lending Right (PLR) data.

Hawkins’ book occupied two spots in the top 10 most-borrowed books chart, with the hardback edition taking the chart’s top spot with 71,000 loans and the paperback edition taking sixth place. Lee Child also dominated the chart, with four appearances.

James Patterson was named the most-borrowed author from UK libraries for the 11th year in a row. His books have been borrowed 22 million times since 2006/07, and during 2016/17 his books were loaned over two million times.

Figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), reported in the Bookseller, show the total number of loans in UK libraries in 2016/17 was 193 million, down 6.3% from 206 million the previous year.

Changes to PLR in the UK on 1 July 2018 means that ebook borrowing data is now being collected by the PLR office. Any author payments arising from the newly eligible loans will be made for the first time in February 2020.

The top 10 most-borrowed titles are:

  1. The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Doubleday, hardback edition)
  2. Make Me (Lee Child, Bantam, hardback edition)
  3. Night School (Lee Child, Bantam)
  4. Personal (Lee Child, Bantam)
  5. Make Me (Lee Child, Bantam, paperback edition)
  6. The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Black Swan, paperback edition)
  7. When the Music’s Over (Peter Robinson, Hodder & Stoughton)
  8. Cometh the Hour (Jeffery Archer, Macmillan)
  9. Bullseye (James Patterson, Century)
  10. The Last Mile (David Baldacci, Macmillan).



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