Most Popular No-Wait Electronic Resources of 2021

Did you know that many of Fulton County Library's online resources have absolutely no wait times at all for our patrons? It's true! Of the five most popular electronic resources offered by our library system, only Overdrive and the Libby app have wait times - all due to the amazing popularity of Overdrive's content.

Circulation by month of the five most popular FCLS electronic resources, January 2020 to November 2021.
Circulation by month of the five most popular electronic resources available from Fulton County Library System.

Below are the top picks of Fulton County Library System patrons in 2021 on the most popular platforms other than Overdrive. Next week the top ten titles circulated on Overdrive and the Libby app will be posted, along with titles of the past year our librarians think you will love, but might have missed.


Although Hoopla offers eBooks, video, and music, all titles in the top ten for Hoopla in 2021 are downloadable audiobooks. If you're curious about why downloadable audiobooks are so popular, why not try one yourself? We even have instructions for listening in your car.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Juvenile Fantasy)

2. The Lost Apothecary  (Mystery, Romance)

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Juvenile Fantasy)

4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Juvenile Fantasy)

5. Local Woman Missing (Mystery, Thriller)

6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Juvenile Fantasy)

7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Juvenile Fantasy)

8. Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Romance, Science Fiction)

9. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Science Fiction)

10. The Wrong Family (Mystery, Thriller)


The streaming service Freegal doesn't offer a count of individual titles or songs our patrons enjoyed in 2021, but it does rank the genre of music by number of tracks accessed.

The ten most popular types of music FCLS patrons listened to on Freegal in 2021.
Ten most popular music genres in Freegal in 2021 based on Fulton County Library System Patron use.


In the first few months of Kanopy use in 2019, children's titles were popular. Now that the kids are back in school, horror films have dominated the top ten films circulated on this platform, though Kirosawa's most famous film makes a surprise showing as number ten.

1. What We Do In the Shadows (2014 Independent Film)

2. Maurice (1987 James Ivory Film)

3. Parasite (2019 Korean Film)

4. The Witch (2016 Independent Film)

5. Inherent Vice (2014 Paul Thomas Anderson Film)

6. 9 Songs [Uncut] (2004 UK Film)

7. Staged (2020 UK Comedy Series)

8. Beyond The Lights (2014 Independent Film)

9. Hereditary (2018 Independent Film)

10. Seven Samurai (1954 Akira Kurosawa Film)

Universal Class

While Universal Class continued to hold a spot in the top five most popular electronic resources this year, it may be eclipsed by LinkedIn Learning next year - still, with a simple interface, a link in the Libby App, and long term name recognition with out patrons, Universal Class continues to offer the self-paced educational content Fulton County Library Patrons need and want.

1. Writing Basics 101: Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Writing Structures

2. Excel 2019

3. Accounting & Bookkeeping 101 for Everyone

4. Novel Writing 101

5. Google Docs

6. Proofreading and Copyediting 101

7. Introduction to Gardening

8. Habits of Millionaires

9. Writing Improvement 101

10. Life Coaching 101