Public Lending Right (PLR)

If your books are borrowed from UK public libraries you may be eligible for payment through the government-funded PLR scheme.

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Tracy Chevalier, Alexis Deacon and S F Said tells us why it is important that contributors register for PLR, how easy it is to apply and the value of PLR to them.

Key points

  • Writers, illustrators, photographers, editors, translators, narrators, producers and abridgers can apply.  Where there is more than one contributor to a book the PLR is shared.
  • Anyone resident in the UK or in any of the other countries within the European Economic Area can apply.
  • The amount payable is based on the estimated number of times registered books are borrowed nationally during the PLR year (1 July – 30 June).
  • Payments are made annually each February. (There were over 22,000 recipients in February 2017 of payments between £1 and £6,600.) 
  • There are no joining or membership fees.
  • Applications on behalf of a deceased author are not permitted.

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Public Lending Right (PLR)

PLR is every eligible author's legal right to be remunerated when their books are borrowed freely from public libraries