Most Popular Library Check Outs of 2016

Noting that more than 25 million items are circulated through the New York Public Library's network each year, the NYPL featured a list of its Most Popular Check Outs of 2016, which included "both expected front-runners and a few interesting surprises." The list includes "books borrowed from our 92 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, as well as from our growing e-book catalog (which currently offers nearly 320,000 books)."

Topping the charts last year was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, followed by Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. You can also check out an interactive map to see which title was number one at each branch.


For a wider perspective geographically, Quartz surveyed 14 metropolitan libraries to showcase the "most popular books at US public libraries this year, mapped by city." Among the findings: The Girl on the Train was also "the most checked-out book at eight of them, and the most checked-out work of fiction at 11."

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