Australia’s favourite library books

(25 May 2015, Canberra) Thrillers, crime, humour, fantasy, science fiction, cookery, biography and contemporary literature all featured in the lists of Australia’s most borrowed library books for the first quarter of 2015, announced today by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), at the start of Library and Information Week (25-31 May).

Library and Information Week is an annual event and this year’s theme is ‘Imagine’. The seven days of celebrations will include nearly half a million children at some 3,000 locations across Australia enjoying Aaron Blabey’s The Brothers Quibble on Wednesday 27 May at 11am during National Simultaneous Storytime.

Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA, said: ‘Last year for Library and Information Week, ALIA revealed Australia’s favourite library – Sandringham in Victoria. This year the association turned its attention to library users’ favourite reads.’

‘A survey of public libraries from February to April 2015 generated responses from more than 150 library services across the nation (10% of the 1500 public library service points) and found that the number one most borrowed book was Lee Child’s Never Go Back, the latest in the fast-paced Jack Reacher franchise.’

‘Libraries were asked to provide their top five most borrowed books in four categories: adult fiction, adult non-fiction, children’s and young adult.’

‘The top title in adult non-fiction was Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver; the top children’s title was the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and the Hunger Games series was first for young adult writing.‘

The complete Top 10 for adult and children’s borrowing is here.