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February 16, 2018

The County Library Celebrates 1.9 Million Digital Checkouts in 2017

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah–Readers borrowed nearly 2 million digital materials from the County Library during 2017, becoming one of only 58 libraries worldwide to circulate more than 1 million digital materials through OverDrive alone.

The County Library totaled 1,971,762 digital checkouts in 2017, more than half of which were circulated through the County Library’s partnership with OverDrive, a digital reading platform widely utilized by library systems around the world. That 1.97-million mark signified an increase of more than 50,000 digital materials over the 2016 total. In all, the County Library checked out more than 13 million materials during 2017.

“I’m pleased we can help satisfy this thirst for digital media the people of Salt Lake County have,” Library Director Jim Cooper said. “It really reflects the value our patrons place in the resources public libraries can provide.”

The top five titles borrowed in 2017 through the County Library’s digital collection on OverDrive were:
1. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
2. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (ebook)
3. Inferno: Robert Langdon Series, Book 4, by Dan Brown
4. The Martian: A Novel, by Andy Weir
5. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (audiobook)

To use a County Library card to access ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, movies and music from OverDrive, Axis360, TumbleBooks, Flipster, Hoopla and Freegal, download the County Library mobile app on your favorite app store or visit

Salt Lake County residents may stop by any of our 18 branches with an ID or proof of address to receive a free County Library card. Those who live outside the county may obtain a County Library card for $80 per year by visiting a branch or calling customer service at 801.943.4636.

County Library card holders have free access to dozens of digital materials and resources, including language-learning from Mango and Rosetta Stone; genealogy resources from and MyHeritage; learning tools from and Brainfuse; business and legal resources; and others online at



About Salt Lake County Library Services

Salt Lake County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, and is dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 40,000 libraries and schools in 70 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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