These were the most popular eBooks borrowed from Mississauga libraries in 2020


Although libraries and other public spaces were severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississauga libraries still kept people occupied, educated and entertained over the course of 2020.

According to the city, the Mississauga Library System surpassed one million digital book checkouts in November 2020—two months earlier than anticipated.

"This milestone demonstrates the continued growth and importance of libraries and digital lending of eBooks and Audiobooks at a time when the City's library locations are faced with building closures and service changes due to COVID-19," the city said in a news release.

"Mississauga Library is one of 75 public library systems worldwide on track to surpass one million checkouts by the end of this year."

At a time when more people are homebound, the rise in reading makes sense, and it looks like Mississauga residents love a good book. 

So, what did people read in 2020? 

According to the city, the highest-circulating eBook borrowed in 2020 at Mississauga Library is Walk the Wire by David Baldacci. The top-circulating categories include mystery, suspense and thriller; historical fiction and literature; and biography, autobiography and non-fiction. 

"Our readers have helped us reach this important milestone," said Jennifer Stirling, Acting Director, Mississauga Library, in a statement. 

"We are pleased to be able to make a vast collection of eBooks and Audiobooks available to our customers, especially now when we are all spending more time at home. We look forward to bringing our residents even more titles in 2021."

The Top 10 eBook titles borrowed through Mississauga Library's digital collection in 2020: 

  1. Walk the Wire: Amos Decker Series, Book 6 by David Baldacci*

  2. Camino Winds by John Grisham*

  3. The Henna Artist: A Novel by Alka Joshi

  4. The Guest List: A Novel by Lucy Foley*

  5. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump*

  6. The Other Mrs.: A Novel by Mary Kubica

  7. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Hunger Games Series, Book 0 by Suzanne Collins

  8. The Girls with No Names: A Novel by Serena Burdick

  9. Untamed by Glennon Doyle*

  10. Fair Warning: Jack McEnvoy Series, Book 3 by Michael Connelly

The Top 10 Audiobook titles borrowed through Mississauga Library's digital collection in 2020**:

  1. Camino Winds by John Grisham*

  2. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  3. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump*

  4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

  5. Untamed by Glennon Doyle*

  6. The Guest List: A Novel by Lucy Foley*

  7. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

  8. The Order: A Novel by Daniel Silva

  9. Walk the Wire: Amos Decker Series, Book 6 by David Baldacci*

  10. The River Murders by James Patterson

*Title appears listed on both lists  **Unabridged

The library offers customers 24/7 access to eBooks and Audiobooks through the Libby App by OverDrive. Reader interest and usage have increased each year, with more than 4.4 million eBooks and Audiobooks checked out since 2010.

Mississauga Library cardholders can also access the digital collections of the Burlington and Hamilton public libraries.

As for what else is happening at libraries in the city, city councillors recently approved a motion to name the city’s Central Library--which is expected to be completely redeveloped--after former mayor Hazel McCallion in honour of her upcoming birthday.

McCallion, who served as mayor from 1978 until her retirement in 2014, will turn 100-years-old on Feb. 14, 2021 (which also just happens to be Hazel McCallion Day across Ontario). 

The library will be officially renamed the Hazel McCallion Central Library next year. 

Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Mississauga can register online for a library card. Visit or download the Libby app to borrow eBooks and Audiobooks.

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