Transparency notice - Public Lending Right (PLR)

When you create a PLR account we will collect your contact details, details of the publications which you wish to register, and your financial details.

We will use these details to administer the PLR payment scheme, as part of a task performed in the public interest. Further details about our public task can be found here.

We may also use this data for the purpose of analysis in support of service improvement, IT security, or other legitimate interests of the Library.

You can access your account at, in order to make corrections to your personal information or manage your registered publications.

We will retain your PLR account information for as long as your account remains current plus a further six years in order to comply with tax and accounting rules and to provide evidence in the face of future complaints or legal claims. We may retain information about PLR payments (which may include your name and correspondence) for longer if we believe such information is likely to be of importance to future research.

In relation to the Irish PLR scheme, the British Library acts as a data processor for the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), who are the Data Controller in relation to all personal data used to administer the Irish PLR Scheme. As part of our contract with LGMA we will administer any personal data that we receive in relation to the Irish PLR scheme in accordance with the British Library Privacy Policy.