The 100 Most-Read Novels at the Library

March 6, 2019

Librarians know what people are reading, and most importantly, re-reading. OCLC, a leading library technology and research organization, has released a list of the 100 most widely read novels from more than 18,000 libraries worldwide. At the top of the list? Don Quixote, followed by classics by Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and more. “Of course, the list of top novels emphasizes classics,” notes Skip Prichard, OCLC President, “and so reflects dominant cultural views over the years about the canon and its formation. Librarians are aware of this and are more mindful than ever of the need to think critically about their collections. Librarians are actively seeking out and preserving overlooked, minority and marginalized perspectives.”

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