Useful links


(The British Library website links policy can be found here.)

Authors and publishing 

The Alliance of Independent Authors

Association of Photographers

Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society

Chartered Institute of Journalists

The Crime Writers' Association

Copyright Licensing Agency

Design and Artists Copyright Society

English PEN

ISBN Agency

National Union of Journalists

Performing Rights Society

Publishers Association

Publishers Licensing Services


Romantic Novelists Association

Royal Literary Fund

Royal Society of Literature

Scottish Book Trust

Society of Authors

Vanity Publishing - Advice & Warning (self-publishing)

Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders (WATCH)

Writers' Guild of Great Britain


Arts Council

British Library

Chartered Institute of Library Information Professionals (CILIP)

Society of Chief Librarians


Book Industry Communication

National Literacy Trust

The Reading Agency


Department for Education

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & SportGOV.UK

Government Gateway

HM Revenue & Customs - Personal Tax: Living or Working Abroad or Offshore

Information Commissioners Office

The Stationery Office

UK Intellectual Property Office

UK Legislation

Welsh Books Council/Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru

International PLR organisations

See PLR International website for further information

Collecting societies

Austria - Literar Mechana

Czech Republic - DILIA

France - SOFIA

Germany - Bild Kunst

Germany - VG Wort

Ireland - ICLA

Italy - SIAE

The Netherlands - Lira

The Netherlands - Pictoright

Spain - CEDRO

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

Library information

Information for authors and librarians regarding the PLR library sample

UK PLR media centre

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

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

More news stories

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.