UK sample library archive

PLR hold an archive of all sample libraries used since PLR's inception in 1982. Each list contains the regions and individual authorities used. The listings from 1982/83 - 1991/92 are based on the eight regions specified in the PLR legislation. Listings from 1992/93 onwards are based on the nine government regions for England plus Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

1982-1983 2000-2001 2018-2019
1983-1984 2001-2002
1984-1985 2002-2003
1985-1986 2003-2004
1986-1987 2004-2005
1987-1988 2005-2006
1988-1989 2006-2007
1989-1990 2007-2008
1990-1991 2008-2009
1991-1992 2009-2010
1992-1993 2010-2011
1993-1994 2011-2012
1994-1995 2012-2013
1995-1996 2013-2014
1996-1997 2014-2015
1997-1988 2015-2016
1998-1999 2016-2017
1999-2000 2017-2018

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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

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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.