What are you (e)reading, Toronto? New site shows a live feed from the city that reads the most library ebooks

January 24, 2017 | TPL Staff

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Last week you may have heard that you live in the most well-read city in the world according to our ebook lending service. In 2016, Torontonians downloaded over 3 million ebooks and eaudiobooks from OverDrive.

If you like data and want to be transfixed by the Toronto reading zeitgeist, we have something special for you.

Toronto Public Library Ebook Use Dashboard Image


The Toronto Public Library Ebook Dashboard* shows you which books are being placed on hold and checked out right now, along with running totals for the numbers of checkouts and holds today, this month, this year, and since we started using OverDrive in 2007. At the time of writing, you have read over 12.6 million ebooks from our OverDrive service, making Toronto one of the most literate, engaged, and well-read cities on earth! (Well, that's how we're interpreting this. 😉)

*Please note: this dashboard is in Beta and at times may be unavailable. 

Anyway, grab a coffee and enjoy seeing the numbers tick up. Maybe you’ll stumble on some new reading ideas as you gaze at the steady stream of books your fellow Torontonians are borrowing.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the library website search dashboard, a live stream of the searches being done on the library’s website.