UK loans by category

Due to current development work on the PLR system, the 2016-17 PLR most borrowed media releases generally published in February will be deferred until the summer. Please note this work has not affected the recent distribution of payments.

This table provides a breakdown of UK public library book loans by broad subject category using the book trade’s standard BIC (Book Industry Communications) subject categories.

The table is based on estimated national loans derived from ALL the book loans collected by the PLR office from its UK sample library authorities (not just from loans of books registered for PLR).

2015-16 UK loans of books by category

PLR's archive of loans by subject category can be found in our Loans by category archive.

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

PLR newsletters

Newsletters to registered authors


Publications and data made available under the PLR office's Freedom of Information scheme

PLR news stories

UK PLR statements released

23 January 2018

UK PLR statements were released on 17 January and over 22,000 authors will receive a payment in February 2018

Update on PLR service review

11 December 2017

Update on the PLR review and planned changes to the service

Proposed improvements to PLR - summary of responses

20 November 2017

What you said when the Head of Operations North at the British Library asked for your views on proposed improvements to PLR

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.