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Most borrowed library items in 2010

By johnboy - 14 January 2011 13

Chief Minister Stanhope is bigging up the library service with a rundown on the most borrowed items across the 1.65 million visitors they had in 2010. (One suspects that number is an aggregate, in contrast RiotACT received 2,463,467 aggregate visits in 2010)

The most requested books in 2010 were:
— Truth by Peter Temple
— Nine Dragons by Michael Connolly
— House Rules by Jodi Picoult
— 61 Hours by Lee Child
— Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
— Solar by Ian McEwan
— The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

Most requested DVDs in 2010 were:
— Mao’s Last Dancer
— Coraline
— The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Most borrowed books since being added to the library collection (list not specific to 2010) are:
— Mills and Boon books
— Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen (picture book)
— History of Australia by Stephen Gard (junior non fiction series)
— The Turning by Tim Winton (adult fiction)
— The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrsen (fiction)
— Hunwick’s Egg by Mem Fox (picture book)
— Daisy All-Sorts by Pamela Allen (picture book)
— Be Gentle by Virginia Miller (picture book)

Most borrowed DVDs since being added to the library collection (list not specific to 2010) are:
— Stargate SG1 Season 2
— The Day After Tomorrow
— Lost: The Complete First Season
— Spiderman 2
— Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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13 Responses to
Most borrowed library items in 2010
gospeedygo 6:30 pm 14 Jan 11

georgesgenitals said :

johnboy said :

Good to see Wolf Hall on that list, a genuinely important book for understanding the birth of modernity.

A bit of a worry the soft core pr0n is the number one service of our library system.

And good also to see Canberran’s using the DVD loan service to stretch their minds. Spiderman 2 is a very important story, and deeply affects us all.

I know right. Bonesaw McGraw wasn’t even in that one.

farnarkler 6:18 pm 14 Jan 11

Hmmm no Jeremy Clarkson. Philistines!!!

beejay76 5:08 pm 14 Jan 11

Can’t believe “The God Delusion” didn’t make the cut. I waited so long for it I forgot it existed. Caused a bit of confusion when the email finally came through!

Skidbladnir 5:05 pm 14 Jan 11

Deano said :

Soft core p0rn also tops the list of most popular ebook borrowings. Bit sad really.

The deal I had with a former gf was this:
You don’t make fun of habit X, I won’t mention your proclivity for reading bodicerippers.

Let them keep their shameful choices.

JessicaNumber 2:33 pm 14 Jan 11

I’m having an Avenue Q moment: “The library is for porn…”

far_northact 1:06 pm 14 Jan 11

I think a large percentile are elderly people who use the library services (though I love to use it myself). Most grannies I know love Mills&Boon.

johnboy 11:00 am 14 Jan 11

Wolf Hall won last year’s Man Booker prize. Chris Hitchens wrote an excellent review for The Atlantic.

maniac 10:45 am 14 Jan 11

Looks like I will have to borrow Wolf Hall – must say I’ve never heard of it before!

Deano 10:36 am 14 Jan 11

johnboy said :

A bit of a worry the soft core pr0n is the number one service of our library system.

Soft core p0rn also tops the list of most popular ebook borrowings. Bit sad really.

georgesgenitals 10:26 am 14 Jan 11

johnboy said :

Good to see Wolf Hall on that list, a genuinely important book for understanding the birth of modernity.

A bit of a worry the soft core pr0n is the number one service of our library system.

And good also to see Canberran’s using the DVD loan service to stretch their minds. Spiderman 2 is a very important story, and deeply affects us all.

Snarky 10:23 am 14 Jan 11

Good god, that last para was incoherent. It should have read:

The ACT library system has an amazing scope and depth of content. I’ve got a small plugin installed in Firefox that allows me to search the catalogue serches from a contextual menu, and while I’m surfing the net and checking out recommendations I’m consistently amazed at how much quality reference, fiction and music is free for the asking through our libraries. Fantastic resource!

Snarky 10:19 am 14 Jan 11

Wolf Hall was brilliant – well worth the wait to borrow it, and can’t wait for the sequel.

As for the soft core pr0n, I don’t know what its percentage is of the library’s total content but I’ll bet it’s tiny. Still, people will borrow what they want.

The ACT library system has an amazing scope and depth of content. I’ve got a small plugin installed in Firefox that allows me to search the catalogue searches from a contextual menu, and I’ve got one set up to seach the library catalogue. While surfing the net I’m consistently amazed at how much quality reference, fiction and music is free for the asking through our libraries. Fantastic resource!

johnboy 9:54 am 14 Jan 11

Good to see Wolf Hall on that list, a genuinely important book for understanding the birth of modernity.

A bit of a worry the soft core pr0n is the number one service of our library system.

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