What are the most popular books checked out of libraries?

A. Up until 2004, there was no way to obtain this information. Library circulation statistics are collected at the dry numerical level with no accompanying details, such as the title of the book or whether it's fiction or nonfiction. However, starting with the June 1, 2004 issue, the non-ALA library trade magazine, Library Journal (LJ), introduced LJ's Bestsellers: The Books Most Borrowed in U.S. Libraries, for both fiction and nonfiction book titles. Editor Francine Fialkoff explained in her 6/1/2004 editorial, "128 Years Young," that the bestseller list is "based on aggregated statistics for circulation and holds from public libraries of all sizes around the country. We want to thank the vendors (GIS Information Systems, TLC, and Sirsi) as well as all the individual institutions (which will remain anonymous) whose statistics make this list possible." As of July 2010, however, the status of this list is unknown, as neither Library Journal's Best Sellers Lists - Fiction nor Library Journal's Best Sellers Lists - Non-Fiction have been updated since the week of October 15, 2009.

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