Publications

PLR Freedom of Information Publication Scheme - The information listed refers specifically to the UK PLR office and can be viewed here here

The following publications are available from the UK PLR office. We have provided links to view the publications, but you can also request a printed version by contacting us.

PLR Legislation

PLR's Act and more recent Scheme changes are available to view here. Further information can be found under PLR's Freedom of Information Publication Scheme.

The Public Lending Right Act 1979 and Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 are amended by the Public Bodies (Abolition of the Registrar of Public Lending Right) Order 2013 (No 2352). Available to view on legislation.gov.uk website.


PLR Annual Report 2014-15

Report for the British Library Board describing the operation of the Public Lending Right Scheme during the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

View PLR Annual Report 2014-15


PLR Annual Report 2013-14

Following the abolition of the PLR organisation as a stand-alone public body the requirement for PLR to lay an annual report and accounts in Parliament has been removed. However, the Head of PLR has produced a report for the British Library Board describing the operation of the Public Lending Right Scheme during the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

View PLR Annual Report 2013-14


Final Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Accounts for the six months ended 30 September 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4741-0689-4

Report and accounts for the final six months of the PLR operation under the former registrar of PLR (1 April 2013 to 30 September 2013).

View Final Report on the PLR Scheme and Central Fund Accounts


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Account 2012 - 13

ISBN: 978-0-10-298512-2

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2013.

Price: £10.75 (published by The Stationery Office and available from TSO shop)

View 2012-13 Report and Account


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Account 2011 - 12

ISBN: 978-0-10-297945-9

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2012.

Price: £10.75 (published by The Stationery Office and available from TSO shop)

View 2011-12 Report and Account


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Account 2010 - 11

ISBN: 978-0-10-297423-2

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2011.

Price: £10.25 (published by The Stationery Office and available from TSO shop)

View 2010-11 Report and Account

View 2010-11 Report and Account Correction Slip


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Account 2009 - 10

ISBN: 978-0-10-296787-6

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2010.

Price: £9.75 (published by The Stationery Office and available from TSO shop)

View 2009-10 Report and Account


Writers Talk 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9545792-3-4

This anniversary edition is the third booklet in a series and hears from past members of the PLR Advisory Committee about what PLR has meant to them. Agent Meg Davis, Registrar Jim Parker, journalist and commentator Joan Smith (interviewing Maureen Duffy) and librarian Grace Kempster contribute to this edition. Photographs were commissioned of Cardiff Central Library and its customers.

Printed copies available from Public Lending Right

View Writers Talk 2009 


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Account 2008 - 09

ISBN: 978-0-10-296214-7

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2009.

Price: £9.50 (published by The Stationery Office and available from TSO shop)

View 2008-09 Report and Account 


Writers Talk 2008

ISBN: 978-0-9545792-2-7

The second booklet in this series looks at creative relationships and PLR. With contributions from novelist Tracy Chevalier, Chief Librarian Rob Froud, Chief Executive of ALCS Owen Atkinson, journalist and novelist Joan Smith and novelist Tim Jeal. This year photographs were also commissioned of ten writers and they tell us what they are writing now.

Printed copies available from Public Lending Right

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Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Account 2007 - 08

ISBN: 978-0-10-295672-6

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2008 

Price: £9.25 (published by The Stationery Office and available from TSO shop)

View 2007-08 Report and Account 
 


Writers Talk 2007 

ISBN: 978-0-9545792-1-0

A new advocacy booklet (published in December 2007) with contributions from some of the UK's top writers and journalists. Includes a review by the Registrar, foreword by Simon Brett, plus contributions from Maureen Duffy, Danuta Kean and Barry Turner 

Printed copies available from Public Lending Right

View Writers Talk 2007  
 


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Account 2006 - 07

ISBN: 978-0-10-294589-8

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2007 

Price: £9.00 (published by The Stationery Office and available from TSO shop)

View 2006-07 Report and Account


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Account 2005 - 06

ISBN: 0-10-294179-3

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2006 

Price: £11.10 (published by The Stationery Office and available from TSO shop)

View 2005-06 Report and Account (This version does not contain the photographs used in the printed version; this is to minimise the download time.)


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and PLR Central Fund Account 2004 - 05

 ISBN: 0-10-293422-3

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2005 

Price: £16.60 (published by The Stationery Office and available from TSO shop)

View 2004-05 Report and Account (This version does not contain the photographs used in the printed version; this is to minimise the download time.)
 


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and PLR Central Fund Account 2003 - 04

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004. This report also incorporates the PLR Central Fund Account for the year ended 31 March 2004 

View 2003-04 Report and Account


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme 2002 - 03

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003.

View 2002-03 Report (This version does not contain all the photographs used in the printed version; this is to minimise the download time.)


Central Fund Account 2002 - 2003

Details the accounts for the twentieth year of the Public Lending Right Central Fund and covers the annual payments made to authors in March 2003.

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Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme 2001 - 02

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002.

This report marked PLR's 20th anniversary and to coincide with this the layout, design and contents of the Report were reviewed.

View 2001-02 Report  (This version does not contain all the photographs used in the printed version; this is to minimise the download time.)
 

Central Fund Account 2001 - 2002

Details the accounts for the nineteenth year of the Public Lending Right Central Fund and covers the annual payments made to authors in February 2002.

View 2001-02 Account 


Whose Loan is it Anyway?

This book tells the story of that campaign and of the early years of the scheme through the recollections of those most closely involved. It includes contributions from authors like Maureen Duffy, Antonia Fraser and Michael Holroyd who fought for PLR, and others such as Michael Foot and Hugh Jenkins who were instrumental in getting the PLR Act through Parliament in 1979. Each memoir is illustrated by the leading cartoonist John Byrne.

View Whose Loan is it Anyway?


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme 2000 - 01

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001.

View 2000-01 Report 


Central Fund Account 2000-2001

Details the accounts for the eighteenth year of the Public Lending Right Central Fund and covers the annual payments made to authors in February 2001.

View 2000-01 Account


Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme 1999 - 2000

An annual report describing the work of the PLR office and information on the PLR Scheme during the period 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2000.

View 1999-2000 Report


Central Fund Account 1999 - 2000

Details the accounts for the seventeenth year of the Public Lending Right Central Fund and covers the annual payments made to authors in February 2000.

View 1999-00 Account


UK PLR media centre

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

UK chart toppers

A quick guide to the most borrowed authors and titles in UK public libraries

Most borrowed authors in the UK

Details of the current most borrowed authors in UK public libraries

Most borrowed titles in the UK

Details of the most borrowed titles in UK public libraries

UK loans by category

A breakdown of UK public library book loans by broad subject category

PLR newsletters

Newsletters to registered authors

PLR news stories

Advisory Committee for PLR - new member

11 June 2018

Writer and illustrator Alexis Deacon appointed to the PLR Advisory Committee

Registration reminder for UK and Irish PLR schemes

15 May 2018

Please remember to register for UK and Irish PLR before 30 June 2018

Remote ebook lending and UK PLR

8 May 2018

DCMS is currently running a consultation to seek views on proposed technical amendments to the UK PLR Scheme

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.