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.
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.