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.
Current UK PLR sample (2018-2019)
The following authorities will participate in the UK PLR sample from 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019:
|East Midlands||Derbyshire, Rutland|
|London||Greenwich, Hounslow, Lambeth, Luton|
Durham, North Tyneside, Sunderland
|North West & Merseyside||Cumbria, Lancashire, Stockport|
|South West||Bournemouth, Devon, Poole|
|Northern Ireland||The Northern Ireland Library Authority|
|Scotland||Aberdeenshire, Falkirk, Fife, South Lanarkshire|
|Wales||Caerphilly, Conwy, Gwynedd|