The loans data is collected by sample library computers over the period of a year (1 July - 30 June) and is transmitted to the PLR computer at regular intervals.The original sample in 1982 comprised only 16 individual branches - but this has been expanded over the years and we now collect data from a minimum of 30 library authorities covering around 1,000 individual branches. At least seven of the sample authorities are changed each year. Loans data is collected from several (or all) library branches within each authority.
PLR is restricted to loans of books from public libraries. Book loans from university, college, school and other libraries do not qualify for payment.
The current sample shows the list of authorities which are participating in the sample this year (1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020). The forthcoming sample shows the list of authorities which will be participating in the sample next year (1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021).
Previous years listings are available within the library sample archive.
Lists of UK and regional 100 most borrowed titles are collated and distributed by PLR yearly. For further information look in our Media Centre.
Current UK PLR sample (2019-2020)
The following authorities will participate in the UK PLR sample from 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020:
|East Midlands||Derbyshire, Rutland|
|London||Greenwich, Hounslow, Lambeth, Lewisham|
Durham, North Tyneside
|North West & Merseyside||Bury, Cumbria, Lancashire, Stockport, Trafford|
|South East||Bracknell Forest, West Sussex|
|South West||Devon, Plymouth, Shropshire|
|Northern Ireland||The Northern Ireland Library Authority|
|Scotland||Aberdeenshire, Falkirk, Fife, South Lanarkshire|
|Wales||Caerphilly, Conwy, Gwynedd|