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The most borrowed library books

The most borrowed books in Australian libraries might surprise you

The most borrowed library books

The unique agony of finishing a great book and not knowing what to read next (or risking reading something that you won’t enjoy nearly as much) is something that libraries around Australia would like to eradicate.

In honour of Library and Information Week the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have released the top ten most borrowed adult and children’s books from more than 150 Australian libraries across four categories. They’re hoping that publishing these lists will make bookworms’ decisions easier.

Sue McKerracher, the chief executive of ALIA, told The Sydney Morning Herald that e-books make up just 5 per cent of loans from the library, showing that printed books still have an important role in the future.

Ms McKerracher told The Sydney Morning Herald that the future was hopeful for print.

“The feeling now is that, yes, we’re all going digital, but actually print is still a very attractive medium and people are using multiple formats,” McKerracher said.


1. Never Go Back by Lee Child

 2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 3. The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connolly

 4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

 5. Eyrie by Tim Winton

 6. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

 7. Inferno by Dan Brown

 8. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

 9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

10. A Wanted Man by Lee Child


 1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

 2. 13-Storey, 26 Storey and 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

 3. Geronimo and Thea Stilton series by  Elisabetta Dami

 4. Spot series by Eric Hill

 5. The Wrong Book by Nick Bland

 6. Just! series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

 7. Once by Morris Gleitzman

 8. Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins

 9. Selby series by Duncan Ball

10. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

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