This week the Public Libraries of Suffolk County announced a record-breaking landmark for digital book downloads. Suffolk patrons checked out more than 2.7 million digital books on Livebrary.com. This comes after the COVID-19 pandemic forced libraries to close their doors during the spring of 2020.
Kevin Verbesey, Director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, says on the achievement: “This past year, though difficult, Suffolk libraries have demonstrated their commitment to readers wherever they may be through Livebrary‘s eBook and audiobook collections, providing much-needed access to entertainment and learning opportunities.”
The highest circulated book in 2020 was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Jones. The second was The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, the third was American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, the fourth was Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and Tara Westover’s Educated was number five.
For audiobooks, the most circulated title was also Where the Crawdads Sing. The rest of the list was different, though. The second was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, the third was Becoming by Michelle Obama, the fourth was American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, and the fifth was The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett.