Each year (usually in February) PLR releases data which shows which authors and books were the most popular in UK public libraries. The release of this data coincides with the PLR payments to registered authors.
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.
The British Library announced last year a plan to overhaul the PLR service including the technical architecture. The bibliographic data is a key aspect of this and currently the team are working hard to streamline and improve how we create the most borrowed listings which always invokes lots of interest. This development will ultimately allow us to increase the existing sampling method to provide a more detailed picture of the loans made in public libraries around the UK. In the short term, however, it has meant us having to delay our 2016-17 PLR most borrowed media releases until the summer. We apologise for the delay and will work hard to complete to the revised timeline. Please note this has had no impact on the calculation and distribution of recent PLR payments. If you have any queries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details of PLR's latest media releases can be found here.
- The Girl on the Train steams into number one spot
- Latest borrowing data released
- Tracking the borrowing habits of the nation
Information on the most borrowed authors and books in Irish public libraries can be found on the Irish PLR website.