PLR International

PLR systems have been established in many countries around the world.

The former Head of PLR in the UK, Dr Jim Parker, is the Coordinator for the PLR International Network which brings together those countries with established PLR systems and provides assistance and advice to countries interested in setting up PLR schemes. There is a PLR International website, maintained by the UK PLR office, which aims to promote international awareness of PLR and inform the PLR community of events, developments and news from around the world.

British authors can benefit from PLR payments in those countries which have a reciprocal agreement with the UK. These include: Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Spain.

Payments to UK authors from overseas PLR schemes (apart from Ireland) are made through the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS).

Eligible illustrators, photographers and visual artists can apply to claim their share of Dutch PLR payments through the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS).

Irish PLR is administered on behalf of the Irish government by the UK PLR office.


About us

PLR is the right for authors to receive payment for the loans of their books by public libraries

Our organisation

Details of our organisation, our core objectives and background

PLR Committees

The PLR Advisory Committee provides advice on the operation of the UK PLR scheme

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.