Library reaches record-breaking one million digital checkouts in 2022!

(Tucson, AZ) Pima County Public Library 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. Pima County Public Library is #51 of all standalone public libraries, one of 129 public library systems worldwide and second in Arizona that surpassed one million digital checkouts last calendar year

Pima County Public Library has been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years through the award-winning Libby app, the library reading app created by OverDrive. The large collection serves readers of all ages and interests, and reader usage has grown every year.

“We're very proud and excited to have reached this milestone,” said Amber Mathewson, Library Director. “Our community members are enjoying digital content on the Libby app and it shows. It's wonderful to know we're providing customers who prefer digital materials with what they want most.”

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

Top 5 eBooks borrowed in 2022:

The Judge's List

The Four Winds

The Last Thing He Told Me

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Apples Never Fall

Top 5 audiobooks borrowed in 2022:

Where the Crawdads Sing

Pride and Prejudice


The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

American Dirt

The only thing needed to access digital books from the OverDrive-powered collection is a valid library card. OverDrive is compatible with major devices, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (U.S. only).


About Pima County Public Library

For more than 100 years, we've been here for people just like you. Today, in our libraries, online, or out in the community, our dedicated staff and volunteers are always looking ahead to help you find what you're looking for. Every day, we're making our mission a reality by educating and connecting people and inspiring ideas.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves more than 88,000 libraries and schools in 109 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, video and other content. OverDrive’s commitment to empower every library and school includes expanding access for all, tireless industry advocacy and consistently innovating. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is in Cleveland, Ohio USA.