County checks out 1.9 million digital books – Tacoma Weekly

Pierce County Library System is among Top 40 public library systems worldwide in total digital checkouts 
The Pierce County Library System announced that it reached a record-breaking 1.9 million digital book checkouts in 2021. This milestone illustrates the continued growth and importance of library digital lending of e-books and audiobooks, especially after a prolonged period of building closures due to the global pandemic. Pierce County Library is one of 121 public library ystems worldwide that surpassed one million digital checkouts (complete list here). More than 21,000 libraries provide e-books, audiobooks and other digital media through the award-winning Libby app.  
Pierce County Library has been providing readers 24/7 access to e-books and audiobooks for more than a decade through Libby, the library reading app OverDrive created. Reader interest and usage has grown every year. 
“Hurray to Pierce County residents for continuously downloading e-books and audiobooks more than one million times last year,” said Georgia Lomax, Executive Director at Pierce County Library. “Easily accessible reading continues to be vital during the pandemic. Reading is a perfect stress reducer and necessary relaxer, which we all know we need now more than ever.” 
The most checked out title Pierce County Library readers borrowed in 2021 was “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah. The most checked out genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog, which also includes mystery, biography & autobiography, children/young adult and more. 
The top five e-book titles borrowed through Pierce County Library’s digital offerings in 2021: 
1.  “The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah 
2.  “Bridgerton Collection, Volume 1” by Julia Quinn 
3.  “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley 
4.  “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig 
5.  “A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham 
The top five audiobook titles borrowed through Pierce County Library’s digital offerings in 2021: 
1.  “The Duke and I” by Julia Quinn 
2.  “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens 
3.  “Cold Mourning” by Brenda Chapman 
4.  “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah 
5.  “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle 
Readers in Pierce County just need a library card to access digital books from Pierce County Library’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. They may use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (U.S. only). Download the Libby app or visit to get started borrowing e-books and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.