Best UK Public Library Authority eBooks, Audiobooks & Digital Magazines Borrowed in 2021

Growing demand for digital content has led to record library circulation in Libby reading app

LONDON, December 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Almost two years after the pandemic-induced surge in digital content use, demand for digital material remains high. Over the past year, UK library authorities have responded to the needs of their communities with record-breaking editions of digital titles. Lists of the most popular 2021 eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines downloaded by UK Library Authorities using its services were released today by Overdrive, the creator of the Libby Reading App.

OverDrive currently provides access to eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and digital newspapers to more than 3,000 libraries across the country, nearly ten times the number since november 2019. Library users with a valid library card and the Libby reader app can borrow and read digital materials from their local library 24/7 on any device.

“Public library staff have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to adapt their services to the changing needs of their community, and we are proud to have played a role in helping them deliver as much of what borrowers want.” , said Nick forster, Regional Director for OverDrive. “Many people discovered their libraries’ digital collections for the first time during the lockdown – and we’re seeing their use of online services continue to grow even though library branches have been able to reopen. ”

In addition to eBooks and Audiobooks, thousands of UK libraries now have over 3,000 popular digital magazines that are still available to borrow and read in Libby (major titles below). Additionally, thousands of libraries also offer digital newspapers through the Libby app, including The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Scotsman and more.

Top 10 UK Public Library Digital Magazines in 2021

  1. Radio schedules
  2. The Economist
  4. New Scientist
  5. Good Housekeeping
  6. BBC Good Food Magazine
  7. Women’s weekly
  8. Automatic express
  9. Active computer
  10. Women

Top 10 UK Public Library eBooks in 2021

  1. The Thursday Murder Club through Richard osman
  2. The midnight library through Matt haig
  3. Klara and the sun through Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. The secret society, book and scone through Ellery Adams
  5. Shuggie Bath through Douglas stuart
  6. The Sentinel through Lee child
  7. The darkest evening through Anne Cleeves
  8. Five foreigners in total through Natalie D. Richards
  9. The adults through Marian keyes
  10. Bridgerton Collection, Volume 1 through Julia quinn

Top 10 UK Public Library Audiobooks in 2021

  1. Harry potter and the chamber of secrets by JK Rowling
  2. Cold mourning through Brenda Chapman
  3. A song for dark times through Ian rankin
  4. To become through Michelle obama
  5. Klara and the sun through Kazuo Ishiguro
  6. The coffins garden through Stuart MacBride
  7. Myth through Stephen fry
  8. Kills butterflies through Brenda Chapman
  9. The adults through Marian keyes
  10. Still life through Val McDermid

OverDrive has been serving UK libraries since 2005 and has a dedicated UK team. A global company serving more than 73,000 libraries and schools in 88 countries, OverDrive also sponsored the Libraries Connected Awards in 2021.

UK readers can borrow audiobooks, digital magazines, digital newspapers and more from their local library by downloading the Libby app from the App Store or Google Play. For more information and to get started, visit

About OverDrive
OverDrive strives to create “a world informed by reading”. Serving a growing network of 73,000 libraries and schools in 88 countries, OverDrive offers the industry’s largest digital catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and other content through award-winning apps. the Libby reading app for libraries is one of the Popular mechanics” 20 best apps of the decade, while the student reading app Sora is part of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. OverDrive recently acquired Kanopy, the premier video streaming service for public libraries and academic institutions. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio United States and was named Certified B Corp in 2017.

Nick forster
Regional Manager, EMEA Global Libraries and Education
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David Burleigh
Brand and Communication Director
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