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S.L. County Library marks 1.9M digital checkouts in 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Readers borrowed nearly 2 million digital materials from the Salt Lake County Library system during 2017.

The system totaled more than 1.97 million digital checkouts in 2017, more than half of which were circulated through the library’s partnership with OverDrive, a digital reading platform widely utilized by library systems around the world, the library said in a statement.

That 1.97-million mark signified an increase of more than 50,000 digital materials over the 2016 total. In all, the system checked out more than 13 million materials during 2017.

The top five titles borrowed in 2017 through the library’s digital collection on OverDrive were: “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes; “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins (e-book); “Inferno: Robert Langdon Series, Book 4,” by Dan Brown; “The Martian: A Novel,” by Andy Weir; and “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins (audiobook).

To use a county library card to access ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, movies and music from OverDrive, Axis360, TumbleBooks, Flipster, Hoopla and Freegal, patrons must download the library’s mobile app at an app store or at

Salt Lake County residents may stop by any of the library’s 18 branches with an ID or proof of address to receive a free library card. Those who live outside the county may obtain a library card for $80 per year by visiting a branch or calling customer service at 801-943-4636.

County library card holders have free access to dozens of digital materials and resources, including language-learning from Mango and Rosetta Stone; genealogy resources from and MyHeritage; learning tools from and Brainfuse; business and legal resources; and others online at