Most borrowed authors and books in UK libraries

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The latest annual data released today shows the most borrowed authors and books in UK public libraries during 2016-17

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James Patterson prevails as king of UK libraries  - For the eleventh consecutive year prolific US thriller writer James Patterson was the most borrowed author from UK libraries... (click here to read more)

What’s happening in your local library? – Fascinating regional variations in borrowing data... (click here to read more)

Further information on the nation’s book borrowing tastes can be found in the Media Centre area of our website.

Due to ongoing development work on the PLR system, these 2016-17 releases had been deferred from the usual February publication date. The later publication of these releases has had no impact on the calculation and distribution of payments for these PLR loans which were made in February 2018.

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