The Girl on the TrainBritish thriller author, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series of novels have dominated the list of most borrowed library books in Australia and New Zealand this year, according to the 2016 Civica Libraries Index.

Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information, collection, management and library staffing solutions, partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have announced the findings. The annual Civica Libraries Index is compiled in partnership with participating regional and metropolitan libraries across Australia and New Zealand using the Civica Spydus integrated library management system. The system was developed in Australia and is used by libraries around the world.

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels make up one fifth of the top 20 most borrowed books of 2016, while other crime and thriller authors, such as Michael Connelly also made a few appearances. The crime and thriller genre was the most popular to read overall, making up 29 percent of total borrowed books.

While Child’s novels figured prominently on the most borrowed list, the most loaned book is Paula Hawkins’ ‘The Girl On The Train’, a crime and thriller novel published in 2015.

As with fiction titles, biographies which have been adapted for the screen, including ‘Call The Midwife’ by Jennifer Worth, ‘Unbroken: A WWII story of survival’ by Laura Hillenbrand and ‘Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found’ by Cheryl Strayed topped the most borrowed biographies list.

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