OCLC Top 1000

OCLC Research has updated its list of the top 1000 titles owned by member libraries—the intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe. (For a quick guide to the information in each entry, see the key.)

The 2005 Top 10


#1 Bible Bible [ various] Library holdings: 796,882 Bibliographic records: 93,567 Find this title in an OCLC library near you
#2 Census Census [ various] United States Library holdings: 460,628 Bibliographic records: 10,617 Find this title in an OCLC library near you
#3 Mother Goose Mother Goose Library holdings: 67,663 Bibliographic records: 2,036 Find this title in an OCLC library near you
#4 Divine Comedy Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri Library holdings: 62,414 Bibliographic records: 2,917 Find this title in an OCLC library near you
#5 Odyssey Odyssey Homer Library holdings: 45,551 Bibliographic records: 2,087 Find this title in an OCLC library near you
#6 Iliad Iliad Homer Library holdings: 44,093 Bibliographic records: 2,526 Find this title in an OCLC library near you
#7 Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Library holdings: 42,724 Bibliographic records: 1,132 Find this title in an OCLC library near you
#8 Lord of the Rings [trilogy] Lord of the Rings [trilogy] J. R. R. Tolkien Library holdings: 40,907 Bibliographic records: 685 Find this title in an OCLC library near you
#9 Hamlet Hamlet William Shakespeare Library holdings: 39,521 Bibliographic records: 2,008 Find this title in an OCLC library near you
#10 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Library holdings: 39,277 Bibliographic records: 1,942 Find this title in an OCLC library near you

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