We're pleased to reveal the most borrowed titles for June 2018-July 2019. For the first time in our 40-year history we also include ebook titles along with with print and audiobooks.

Find out which titles made the Top 200 You may also be interested in the British Library's media release around the 2018/19 top titles. 

Please note that due to the latest Government guidelines regarding Covid-19, the British Library, is closed. However, Public Lending Right are still able to receive new PLR registrations and any additional title registrations. All registrations received by midnight on 30 June 2020 will be eligible for inclusion in the calculations for PLR year 1 July 2019- 30 June 2020. Unfortunately due to home working it is taking longer for us to process these registrations so there may be a delay in you receiving a response. We apologise for any inconvenience but hope that authors will be understanding of the difficulties at this time. Further updates will be provided on the PLR website and via Twitter.    

Our website provides published authors, illustrators and other contributors with an easy route to register for UK and Irish PLR.  PLR is a legal right to payment from government in both countries each time their books are borrowed from public libraries.  Our three steps to registration provides a quick guide to eligibility and applying for PLR.

The UK PLR scheme is administered by the British Library from its offices in Boston Spa whose contact details can be found here. The PLR office also provides registration for the Irish PLR scheme on behalf of the Public Lending Remuneration office.

Our website also provides further details of the work we do and through our media centre gives a unique insight into UK book borrowing tastes from the data collected from libraries across the country.

About us

PLR is the right for authors to receive payment for the loans of their books by public libraries

Registration service (UK & Irish PLR)

How to apply for PLR, information on eligibility and payments

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PLR's media releases, most borrowed authors and titles, newsletters and publications

PLR case studies

…“The financial support is invaluable – translators don’t always get a royalty so PLR is really precious. Equally important is the symbolic recognition of our stake in a book. While it is taken for granted that an author has a stake in a book it is not always remembered that a translator does too.”…

Daniel Hahn, translator and writer, registered for PLR on the publication of his first translation. He values highly the existence of the built-in PLR share to which all translators are entitled. Having translated 35 books and written several others since 2007, Daniel outlined his career as a translator and how he works.

…“I expected pennies and I got pounds! Quite a few more than I had expected. How many times in somebodies life do you get something for nothing?”…

Audio-book narrator Jeff Harding, registered for his PLR share in an astonishing 658 audio books when the extension of UK PLR to non-print material was first introduced in July 2014. He currently has over 700 titles registered. Jeff describes the skills of narration and explains what PLR means to him.

…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.…

Watch our short video in which authors Tracy Chevalier and S F Said and writer / illustrator Alexis Deacon talk about why eligible contributors should register for payment through the government-funded PLR scheme.

PLR news stories

UK PLR payments update

1 February 2019

Over 22,000 authors have received a payment through UK PLR

Advisory Committee for PLR - new member

3 December 2018

Writer and translator Daniel Hahn appointed to the PLR Advisory Committee

Most borrowed authors and books in UK libraries

27 July 2018

The latest annual data shows the most borrowed authors and books in UK public libraries during 2016-17

Advisory Committee for PLR - new member

11 June 2018

Writer and illustrator Alexis Deacon appointed to the PLR Advisory Committee

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