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Libraries See Massive Increase in eBook, Digital Content Checkouts in 2022

February 14, 2023 (1 min read)

Digital Checkouts on the Rise

As the shift towards digital content consumption continues to grow, libraries are seeing historic increases in the number of readers checking out eBooks and other types of digital content – including legal content.

Last year a record-setting 129 library systems surpassed one million digital checkouts, according to OverDrive. This includes 10 library systems hitting that milestone for the very first time. In total, 555 million eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and more were checked out by readers last year.

LexisNexis is no stranger to this trend. The LexisNexis Digital Library saw a more than 8-percent increase in unique checkouts last year.

“In looking ahead to National Library Week, we all know there is more to the story. We continue to expand content options for our customers and in particular the addition of our audiobooks has been a great value for law school students,” says Deana Sparling, Senior Director, LexisNexis Digital Library and eBook Programs.

This record circulation led to another milestone: Readers have checked out a total of 3 billion digital books from public libraries, schools and academic libraries in the OverDrive network since the first eBook checkout in 2003. OverDrive is a partner in delivering the LexisNexis Digital Library to courts, law firms, companies and law schools across the country.

The LexisNexis Digital Library celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022 and continues to be the leading eLibrary solution that suits evolving legal research needs.

“Hearing the positive response of our customers in recognizing and celebrating 10 years of LexisNexis Digital Library was a highlight of 2022,” Sparling says. “I’m already looking forward to our 20th anniversary.”

LexisNexis Digital Library

The data in this blog was reported by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for 88,000 libraries and schools in 109 countries worldwide, and creator of the award-winning Libby and Sora reading apps.

LexisNexis is the exclusive provider of legal materials on the OverDrive platform. For more information on the LexisNexis Digital Library click here.

LexisNexis Digital Library is a comprehensive online legal research platform that provides access to a vast collection of legal materials, including case law, statutes, regulations, and secondary sources from federal, state, and international jurisdictions. The platform is designed for use by legal professionals, academics, and students.