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Books by Australian authors are the most popular amongst library users

 Books by Australian authors are the most popular amongst library users

Over half the library books borrowed in 2022 were by Australian authors, continuing an upward trend from the past three years.

Additionally, the last 12 months has seen an increase in E-Loans, which suggests that digital library books which increased in popularity during the pandemic have maintained their popularity.

These insights were published by global public sector software provider Civica, which partnered with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to create the annual Civica Libraries Index.

Iain Finlayson, Managing Director Library and Education at Civica said:Australian libraries are at the vanguard of digital transformation, as evidenced most recently by the surge in popularly of E-loans. Our libraries have not only kept pace with the rapidly changing expectations of the communities they serve; they’ve set an example for the world to follow. This is something that we, as a country, should be incredibly proud of.’

Check out the top 20 most borrowed books:

1. The survivors (2020), Jane Harper

2. Apples never fall (2021), Liane Moriarty

3. The sentinel (2020), Lee Child

4. All our shimmering skies (2020), Trent Dalton

5. The deep end (2020), Jeff Kinney

6. Planet weird (2020), Anh Do

7. Vote weirDo (2020), Anh Do

8. The happiest man on earth (2020), Eddie Jaku

9. Diary of a wimpy kid, wrecking ball (2019), Jeff Kinney

10. Tasty weird! (2021), Anh Do

11. The 130-storey treehouse (2020), Andy Griffiths

12. A gambling man (2021), David Baldacci

13. The getaway (2017), Jeff Kinney

14. Rowley Jefferson’s awesome friendly adventure (2020), Jeff Kinney

15. Better off dead, Andrew Child & Lee Child

16. The dictionary of lost words (2020), Pip Williams

17. When you are mine (2021), Michael Robotham

18. Dog Man. 10, Mothering heights (2021), Dav Pilkey

19. Becoming, Michelle Obama

20. The lost man (2018), Jane Harper