Books are being read in Burlington. Lots of them. Here’s the proof


Published February 6, 2024 at 4:32 pm


You can’t say people don’t read anymore, especially when it comes to Burlington.

The Burlington Public Library (BPL) reports that it hit a major milestone in 2023 when over one million books were borrowed from the system.

“This is the first time we have surpassed this milestone — and we couldn’t have done it without you,” the BPL stated via social media.

Physical books include regular print and large print hardcovers and trade paperbacks, children’s board books, mass-market paperbacks, and graphic and manga novels.

Combined with eBooks and eAudiobooks, the system reached 1.4 million borrowers last year.

The BPL believes several initiatives have helped to encourage borrowing and meet the reading needs of the community.

These programs include include:

  • Launching the Handpicked For You service
  • Adding “Staff Picks” and themed book displays throughout our branches
  • Promoting book recommendations on our website and social media in new and fun ways
  • Reintroducing our express collection of popular and bestselling titles
  • Increasing renewal limits
  • Eliminating daily overdue fines


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