UK PLR media centre

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:

Details of PLR's latest media releases can be found here.

July 2017

February 2017

PLR's archive of releases can be found in our Media release archive.

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

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


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

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.