Fresno County sees record number of digital books checked out in 2023

The Fresno County Library joins an exclusive club of worldwide libraries by breaking the one million digital book milestone.

For the first time ever, Fresno County residents checked out over one million digital books in 2023. 

The Fresno County Public Library is now one of 152 public libraries in the world to have over one million digital checkouts in a year. 


The big picture: The Fresno County Library offers eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics and other digital content through the Libby app – a library reading app created by OverDrive. 

  • Romance books was the most popular category from Fresno County readers last year. 
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover was the most checked out eBook. Hoover also took the next two spots with It Ends with Us and It Starts with Us
  • Spare, by Prince Harry, took the fourth spot, and The Storyteller’s Death, by Ann Davila Cardinal, rounded out the top five most checked out eBooks. 
  • The top five audiobooks borrowed through the library were I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy, Spare, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling, It ends with Us and Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros. 

What they’re saying: “Fresno County residents have embraced the digital age of reading with unprecedented enthusiasm, checking out over one million digital books in one year for the first time in our Library’s history,” Interim Librarian Sally Gomez said in a press release. 

  • “We celebrate this milestone with gratitude for the community’s engagement and look forward to continuing to foster a love for reading in the digital era.” 
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