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Most borrowed library books for 2016

Norfolk libraries’ most borrowed books for 2015-2016 have today been revealed, with a mix of adults and children’s favourites topping the chart.

The most borrowed book, being issued 1,854 times in the county across the year, was Susan Lewis’s novel Too Close To Home.

For the third year running, children’s favourite Liz Pichon’s The Brilliant World of Tom Gates has made the top 10, this year reaching number 5. The data was compiled by Public Lending Right (PLR).

The 10 most borrowed books were loaned out in the county more than 16,000 times. In total, Norfolk County Council’s libraries issued more than five million items in 2015-16. While the vast majority of these items were books, e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, DVDs, CDs and console games are included within that total.

Norfolk’s has 47 library buildings and 8 mobile libraries. Norfolk’s Millennium Library loaned more items than any other public library in the UK, lending 984,445 books and other items in 2015/16.

It is free to join Norfolk libraries and borrow books. Books can also be returned to any county library, not just the one they were borrowed from.

The top 10 library books borrowed in Norfolk were:

1: Too Close to Home by Susan Lewis

2: Without a Trace by Lesley Pearse

3: Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott

4: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

5: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

6: Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things) by Liz Pichon

7: Personal by Lee Child

8: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

9: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

10: Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café by Milly Johnson

Nationally, the Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles in 2015/16 were:

1. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
2. Personal –  Lee Child
3. Make Me – Lee Child
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Jeff Kinney
6. Alert – James Patterson
7. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever – Jeff Kinney
9. Awful Auntie – David Walliams (illus Tony Ross)
10. Truth or Die – James Patterson