Books most borrowed

February 9, 2010

In 2003, the list of our books most borrowed ran thus:

  1. Iain Crichton Smith
  2. Edwin Morgan
  3. Ted Hughes
    Norman MacCaig
  4. Pablo Neruda
  5. Robert Burns
  6. Sorley MacLean
    Kenneth White
  7. Liz Lochhead
  8. Carol Ann Duffy
    Douglas Dunn
    Kathleen Jamie
  9. Stewart Conn
    Seamus Heaney
  10. Hugh MacDiarmid

Back then, we noted that ‘old friends Iain Crichton Smith and Edwin Morgan are always in the top ten, and change places this year as Crichton Smith is the most borrowed poet for 2003.’ and ‘Pablo Neruda in at number 4, edging ahead of Robert Burns, and Ted Hughes is as popular as Norman MacCaig, at number 3.’

A quick glance at the report for most borrowed books since our circulation system went automatic in late 2006 reveals that the most borrowed book during that time has been Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture. The most borrowed anthology is Staying Alive. Edwin Morgan’s Collected is still hovering near the top, and Seamus Heaney and John Burnside are pipped at the post by Sharon Olds, whose Selected Poems is the second most borrowed title, not far ahead of Jackie Kay and Jen Hadfield. Old favourites George Mackay Brown, Robert Fergusson and W S Graham are still up there. A more detailed report to follow on more detailed investigation! Certainly lovely to see our own Handfast given a fair few outings, too.

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