Kent District Library Reaches Record-Breaking One Million Digital Book Checkouts in 2022

Top 55 public library system worldwide in total digital circulation

Kent District Library, opens a new window (KDL) announced today that it reached a record-breaking one million digital book checkouts in 2022. This milestone illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital content as well as the library’s success in serving all members of the community. KDL is #54 of all standalone public libraries, one of 129 public library systems worldwide and second in Michigan that surpassed one million digital checkouts last calendar year (complete list here, opens a new window).

KDL has been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years through the award-winning Libby, opens a new window app, the library reading app created by OverDrive, opens a new windowThe large collection serves readers of all ages and interests, and reader usage has grown every year.

"Digital access continues to be the fastest growing segment of public library resources,” said Lance Werner, Executive Director at KDL. “We're thrilled to be able to meet people wherever they are, to provide them with books, movies, audiobooks and more."

The highest-circulating title KDL readers borrowed in 2022 was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The top-circulating genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes mystery, fantasy, children/young adult and more.

The top 5 ebook titles borrowed through Kent District Library’s digital collection in 2022:1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. The Maid by Nita Prose3. Verity by Colleen Hoover4. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig5. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

The top 5 audiobook titles borrowed through Kent District Library’s digital collection in 2022:1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. Atomic Habits by James Clear3. The Maid by Nita Prose4. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles5. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Readers in Kent County just need a valid library card to access digital books from KDL’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. You can use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (U.S. only).

Download the Libby app or visit, opens a new window to get started borrowing ebooks, audiobooks and more anytime, anywhere.

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