The list of the most borrowed books from Irish public libraries in 2018 has been released by The Local Government Management Agency.

Children's books dominate with JK Rowling's first Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, topping the list with The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban also featuring in the top five.

The most borrowed adult book in 2018 was Mike McCormack's Solar Bones.

"Encouraging children to read for enjoyment and learning is central to Our Public Libraries 2022, the national Public Library Strategy, so I am very encouraged to see so many children’s books and authors on the list," said Tom Enright, Chair of the National Libraries Development Committee.

"The Irish public library collection has over 12 million items available to you completely free, and we are inviting everybody, young and old, to explore what’s on offer."

"Whether you want to come in to your library to browse for a book, use the internet, make use of digital equipment, enjoy the community space and wide range of activities, or you would prefer to download an audiobook, eBook, or online newspaper or magazine from your own home, it is all open to you completely free with your library membership."

The full lists are: 

Top 20 Books Borrowed in Irish Public Libraries 2018:

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
3. The BFG by Roald Dahl
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
7. Awful Auntie by David Walliams
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
9. Wonder by RJ Palacio
10. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
11. Ratburger by David Walliams
12. Matilda by Roald Dahl
13. The World's Worst Children by David Walliams
14. Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
15. Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
16. Demon Dentist by David Walliams
17. Diary of a Wimpy: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
18. Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams
19. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
20. Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna

Adult Books - Top 20 Books Borrowed in Irish Public Libraries 2018:

1. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
2. Holding by Graham Norton
3. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
4. Guinness World Records 2018 by Guinness World Records 2018
5. The Break by Marian Keyes
6. The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher 22) by Lee Child
7. Woman in the Window by A J Finn
8. The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinead Gleeson
9. Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
10. The Plan byAoife Hearne
11. Night School (Jack Reacher 21) by Lee Child
12. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
13. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
14. Karl Henry's Healthy Living Handbook by Karl Henry
15. Driver Theory Test by Road Safety Authority
16. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
17. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
18. Mindful Walking: Walk Your Way to Mental and Physical Well-Being by Hugh O’Donovan
19. The Whistler by John Grisham
20. Smile by Roddy Doyle

Top 20 Authors Borrowed in Irish Public Libraries 2018:

1. Roderick Hunt
2. Roger Hargreaves
3. Daisy Meadows
4. Francesca Simon
5. Julia Donaldson
6. James Patterson
7. Enid Blyton
8. Roald Dahl
9. Jacqueline Wilson
10. Dorling Kindersley (Publisher)
11. David Walliams
12. Jeff Kinney
13. Michael Morpurgo
14. Adam Blade
15. JK Rowling
16. Dav Pilkey
17. Holly Webb
18. Liz Pichon
19. Rachel Renee Russell
20. Dr Seuss

Adult books - Top 20 Authors Borrowed in Irish Public Libraries 2018:

1. James Patterson
2. Nora Roberts
3. Danielle Steel
4. Lee Child
5. Anthony Horowitz 
6. John Grisham
7. David Baldacci
8. Michael Connelly
9. John Boyne
10. Sheila OFlanagan
11. Emma Hannigan
12. Roddy Doyle
13. Jo Nesbo
14. Harlan Coben
15. Clive Gifford 
16. Jojo Moyes
17. John Connolly
18. Susan Lewis
19. Stephen King
20. Cathy Kelly