Most borrowed titles in the UK

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Details of the most borrowed titles in UK public libraries

Details of the current most borrowed titles in UK public libraries can be found here.

The top 20 listings are broken down into various categories, eg fiction, non-fiction and classic titles and are based on the most borrowed titles nationally.

The top 100 listings are a combination of all categories and listings are available for the most borrowed titles in the UK and by regions.

The regional listings are based on the nine government regions for England - plus Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Archive regional listings prior to 2006-07 are based on the eight regions specified in the PLR scheme.

Titles are included in these listings whether or not the authors are eligible to register books for PLR.

2016-17 Top 20s

2016-17 Top 100 (UK)

2016-17 Top 100 (Eastern)

2016-17 Top 100 (London)

2016-17 Top 100 (North East)

2016-17 Top 100 (North West & Merseyside)

2016-17 Top 100 (South East)

2016-17 Top 100 (South West)

2016-17 Top 100 (West Midlands)

2016-17 Top 100 (Yorkshire & The Humber)

2016-17 Top 100 (Northern Ireland)

2016-17 Top 100 (Scotland)

2016-17 Top 100 (Wales)

PLR's archive of most titles authors can be found in our Most borrowed titles archive.

Information on the most borrowed authors and books in Irish public libraries can be found on the Irish PLR website.

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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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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.