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Top Syndetics Unbound Titles of 2021

Syndetics Unbound's year-end "Top Titles" list for all of 2021!

We've compiled the most searched-for and looked-at books in public and academic libraries around the world, drawing on the thousands of libraries that use Syndetics Unbound.

Check out this "bar chart race" of the top searched-for books in US public libraries! I hope you find it as mesmerizing as we do. View this visualisation on Flourish.

United States Public Libraries

Here are the top 50 books in US public libraries across all of 2021.

    1. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
    2. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
    3. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
    4. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
    5. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
    6. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    7. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    8. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
    9. Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
    10. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
    11. Sooley by John Grisham
    12. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
    13. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
    14. The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
    15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
    16. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
    17. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    18. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
    19. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
    20. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
    21. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
    22. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
    23. The Judge's List by John Grisham
    24. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
    25. Dune by Frank Herbert
    26. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    27. Billy Summers by Stephen King
    28. A Gambling Man by David Baldacci
    29. A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
    30. The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
    31. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
    32. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
    33. Daylight by David Baldacci
    34. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    35. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
    36. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
    37. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
    38. Ocean Prey by John Sandford
    39. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
    40. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
    41. The President's Daughter by Bill Clinton
    42. The Push by Ashley Audrain
    43. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    44. Win by Harlan Coben
    45. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
    46. Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
    47. Dark Sky by C. J. Box
    48. We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
    49. Legacy by Nora Roberts
    50. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

 

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Australian Public Libraries

    1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
    2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    3. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
    4. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
    5. The Survivors by Jane Harper
    6. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
    7. The Dry by Jane Harper
    8. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
    9. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
    10. Honeybee by Craig Silvey
    11. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
    12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
    13. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
    14. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    15. The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need by Scott Pape
    16. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
    17. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
    18. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
    19. The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku
    20. All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton

 

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Canadian Public Libraries

    1. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
    2. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
    3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    4. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
    5. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
    6. The Push by Ashley Audrain
    7. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
    8. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
    9. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
    10. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
    11. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
    12. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
    13. Sooley by John Grisham
    14. Daylight by David Baldacci
    15. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
    16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
    17. All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
    18. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    19. A Gambling Man by David Baldacci
    20. Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

 

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United Kingdom Public Libraries

The data for the UK is based on a smaller sample than other countries, so the ranking may not be as accurate.

    1. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
    2. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
    3. The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
    4. Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
    5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    6. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
    7. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
    8. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
    9. Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
    10. The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths
    11. Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
    12. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
    13. Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
    14. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    15. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
    16. The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
    17. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
    18. The Heron's Cry by Ann Cleeves
    19. The Sentinel by Lee Child
    20. Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

 

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World Academic Libraries

Here are the top books in academic libraries around the world. As you can see, they are dominated by textbooks and core reference titles.

    1. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by American Psychological Association
    2. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition by American Psychological Association
    3. Research Methods for Business Students by Mark N.K. Saunders
    4. Principles of Marketing by Philip Kotler
    5. Social Research Methods by Alan Bryman
    6. Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches by John W. Cresswell
    7. Brock Biology of Microorganisms by Michael T. Madigan
    8. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge by Project Management Institute Operations Management by Nigel Slack
    9. The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell
    10. Pharmacology by H. P. Rang
    11. Research Methods in Education by Louis Cohen
    12. Case Study Research: Design and Methods by Robert K. Yin
    13. Doing Your Research Project by Judith Bell
    14. Textbook of Medical Physiology by Arthur C. Guyton
    15. Digital Marketing: Strategy, Implementation and Practice by Dave Chaffey
    16. Marketing Management by Philip Kotler
    17. Leadership: Theory and Practice by Peter G. Northouse
    18. Business Research Methods by Alan Bryman
    19. Macroeconomics by Olivier Blanchard

 

How Do We Know?

This data was collected by Syndetics Unbound. The search data is fully anonymized the day it is collected. For more information about Syndetics Unbound, please visit Syndetics.com.