The Brooklyn Public Library Releases Its Top Five Most Borrowed Books of All Time List

The Brooklyn Public Library helps millions of people get access to books to read every year. They help ensure that people of all ages are able to check out books and other mediums for free to the residents of Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Public Library Releases Its List of The Five Most Borrowed Books of All Time

Today, the 125-year-old institution released the list of the top five books borrowed out of all time. The library has been released the top 125 most checked out books of all time and it saw the list end with the top five most checked out books. You can see them below:

Topping the list is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. The book was first released in 1963 by Brooklyn’s very own Sendak. In 1964, the book received the Caldecott Medal, which is one of the most prestigious awards for children’s books. The library provided the book in various languages and has a total of 163 copies in its collection.

Where the Wild Things Are children's book
Where the Wild Things Are tops the list for the most borrowed book at the Brooklyn Public Library

Coming in second is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and in third place, we have The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. He made the top 125 list 17 times and had three books in the top 20. He has and always will be one of the most popular authors of all time.

Children’s Books Dominate the List

Many of the books on the list are children’s book and that is because they are shorter and people finish them faster. That lets them return to the library faster and circulate more often then longer books.

The idea for the 125 Most Borrowed Books List came from a milestone earlier this year. The Brooklyn Public Library loaned its billionth book and asked themselves what are the most borrowed books of all time? We are glad that they did because data like this is always something that I wondered about.


Do you want to see the full 125 books that have been borrowed the most? It will be a long read but if that is something you would like to read about, let us know in the comments below!

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6 thoughts on “The Brooklyn Public Library Releases Its Top Five Most Borrowed Books of All Time List

  1. KomaGawa says:

    I think controlling for the factor of the number of available copies is fundamental

  2. Phyllis Courtney says:

    I want to see the list of most checked out books in a year at Brooklyn Public Library

    1. Ahaqir says:

      I can look into it and see what I find! If anything, I’ll reach out to them to see if the data is available


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