Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Breaks Record at Brooklyn Public Library

June 15, 2005

Brooklyn Public Library makes biggest buy ever. The Library’s online reserves confirm that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be the most popular title among library users yet!

Brooklyn, NY, June 15, 2005 – Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced today that online reserves for the eagerly awaited Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling have topped 1,150 copies.

“The public's interest in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been a great test for Brooklyn Public Library's online reservation system,” says Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library. “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince marks the largest order of any single book for the Library - and we've been able to get it in the hands of our customers through online reservations. As soon as the book is released by the publisher, we can offer it to our Library users.”

BPL broke a book-buying record with an initial purchase of 1,155 copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. BPL’s second largest purchase was of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2003. The only adult title with similar reserve volume was The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

The new Harry Potter book is scheduled to arrive at all Brooklyn Public Libraries on Saturday, July 16, 2005.

BPL’s online reservation system library enables library users with Access Brooklyn Cards (ABC) to reserve a title through the library’s website, www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org. Customers may also reserve an item by speaking with a librarian at their neighborhood library.

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