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IRISH readers had legal matters on their minds last year with John Grisham's The Litigators the most borrowed book from public libraries.

Preliminary figures show that the courtroom thriller topped the list of the most borrowed adult fiction by library members last year.

The statistics revealed the most borrowed book of adult non-fiction was the The Official Driver Theory Test.

Meanwhile, younger readers were more interested in the trials and tribu-lations of growing up with Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney the most borrowed children's book at public libraries around the country.

The Library Development Unit of the Local Government Management Agency is currently compiling a full list of the most borrowed books at public libraries last year and expects to publish the completed figures next month.

However, its preliminary list shows that the most borrowed author at Irish libraries last year was US crime writer James Patterson who is best known for his books featuring criminal psychologist Alex Cross.

The most borrowed children's author at Irish libraries was Roderick Hunt with his popular titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series featuring characters including Biff, Chip and Kipper.

Last year's most popular novel among adult borrowers, The Litigators, tells the story of a small Chicago legal firm's go at the big-time with a class action suit against a big pharmaceutical company.

The figures show that people in Cork city borrow most library books in the country with 6.2 borrowed per head of population compared to four books borrowed per head in Fingal.

Library members in Waterford City borrowed 5.3 books, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (5.2 books), Cork county (4.6 books), Limerick city ( 4.4 books), Clare (4.3 books); Mayo (4.2 books), Wexford (4.1 books) and Westmeath (four books).

Public libraries are receiving less and less money to buy books. Just over [euro]10million was spent in stock acquisition nationally in 2010, falling to [euro]8.7million in 2011 and an estimated [euro]7.6million last year.

The spend on stock per head of population has dropped from just over [euro]4 in 2008 to about [euro]1.80 last year.



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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 6, 2013
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