What’s hot in resource sharing? Top Ten Requests


And the winner is …a-man-called-ove

Want to know what the most requested interlibrary loan item was among all the SHAREit libraries for 2016?   It was the very popular novel, A man called Ove / by Fredrik Backman.  It has been requested over 990 times so far in 2016 by SHAREit users.

Last year in 2015, the most requested item was another popular novel, All the light we cannot see /by Anthony Doerr.




Title                                                                                                                                                                                              Count

A man called Ove: a novel                                                                                                                                        992

The nightingale                                                                                                                                                          525

Boys in the boat: nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics                     437

Me before you                                                                                                                                                            423

The girl on the train                                                                                                                                                  372

All the light we cannot see: a novel                                                                                                                       327

My brilliant friend                                                                                                                                                     195

Cure for the common life: living in your sweet spot                                                                                          162

The light between oceans: a novel                                                                                                                        150

Between the world and me                                                                                                                                    147



Title                                                                                                                                                                                            Count

All the light we cannot see: a novel                                                                                                                     649

The girl on the train                                                                                                                                                363

The invention of wings                                                                                                                                          360

Orphan train                                                                                                                                                            336

The husband’s secret                                                                                                                                             293

Me before you                                                                                                                                                         194

Storm clouds rolling in                                                                                                                                          178

The Rosie project                                                                                                                                                    162

The nightingale                                                                                                                                                       152

Still Alice: a novel                                                                                                                                                    142


interlibrary-loanInterlibrary loan is generally thought of as a source for books from academic or specialty publishers, for non-fiction titles, for older formats (e.g. VHS or audio-cassettes), for documentary films, etc.  This perception endures because many libraries remain reluctant to interloan their new releases in movies, music or books.  Yet, looking at these top ten lists does prove that newer and popular fiction is an important part of resource sharing in SHAREit.


While this is an interesting look at what titles are the most requested, still questions remain.  This report only gives us the numbers of titles requested; it does not indicate how many of those requests were supplied by a lender.   Most of these top requests were for very popular bestsellers; yet we do not get any insight into why so many libraries might be requesting these titles rather than purchasing them.  The report does not tell us what type of library requested the titles or what type of library supplied the titles.


There is still more to discover about why these are the most popular interlibrary loan requests this year.  Hopefully, we can dig deeper into the request statistics to find answers to these puzzles.



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