Useful PLR information

The UK Public Lending Right office is part of the British Library.

The information listed below refers specifically to the UK PLR office and is divided into five sections. The documents listed under each section will identify the formats available, where the information can be obtained and whether the information is available free of charge or requires a payment.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us.

 

About PLR

This section provides further details on PLR's Roles and responsibilities, Contact detailsOrganisational structure, Legislation and The British Library Advisory Committee for PLR.

Roles and responsibilities

 

Document: PLR in the UK
Description: A brief history of the PLR campaign, how PLR was established and an overview of the organisation
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

 

Organisational structure

 

Document: The PLR team
Description: Names and job titles of the PLR Team.
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

 

Contact details

 

Document: How to contact us
Description: How to contact PLR
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Legislation

 

Document: Public Lending Right Act 1979
Description: The Act established a right for authors to receive remuneration from public funds for their books being lent out from public libraries.

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 www.legislation.gov.uk website.
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free (reproduced version)
Notes: Copies of the Act which PLR makes available have been reproduced from the official version. Printed copies can be purchased from The Stationery Office.

 

Document: The Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) Order 1990 (No 2360)
Description: Details of eligible books, eligible authors and payment calculations are set out in the The PLR Scheme.
Availability: Post
Cost: Free (reproduced version)
Notes:

The PLR Scheme was first published in 1982 (No 719) and various amendments followed: 1983 (No 480), 1983 (No 1688), 1984 (No 1847), 1985 (1581), 1985 (No 201), 1986 (No 2103), 1987 (No 1908), 1988 (No 2070), 1988 (No 609), 1989 (No 2188).

In 1990 consolidated text was published (No 2360).

Since 1990 more amendments have been made: 1991 (No 858), 1991 (No 2618), 1992 (No 3049), 1993 (No 799), 1993 (No 3049), 1996 (No 1338), 1996 (No 3237), 1997 (No 1576), 1998 (No 1218), 1999 (No 420), 1999 (No 905), 1999 (No 3304), 2000 (No 933), 2000 (No 3319), 2001 (No 3984), 2002 (No 3123), 2003 (No 839), 2003 (No 3045), 2004 (1258), 2004 (No 3128), 2005 (1519), 2005 (No 3351), 2006 (No 3294), 2009 (No 3259), 2011 (No 54), 2012 (No 63), 2012 (3123), 2014 (1457), 2015(7), 2016 (15), 2017 (7), 2018 (17). The amendments include eligiblity amendments, changes to the Rate Per Loan and changes in Funding. The 1982 version and amendments listed here are available from the PLR office by request. Selected amendments are shown below.

Details on the background of PLR can also be found in the About us section of our website.

Copies of the Scheme which PLR makes available have been reproduced from the official version. Printed copies can be purchased from TSO. Statutory Instruments (from 1987) can also be viewed on the legislation.gov.uk website.

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 www.legislation.gov.uk website.

 

Document: The Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variation) Order 2018 (No 17)
Description: Changed the Rate Per Loan to 8.20 pence from 12 February 2018
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free (reproduced version)
Notes: Copies of this Statutory Instrument which PLR makes available have been reproduced from the official version. Printed copies can be purchased from TSO.

 

Document: The Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variation) Order 2014 (No 1457)
Description: From 1 July 2014 - inclusion of public library loans of audio-books (‘talking
books’) and ebooks downloaded to library premises for taking away as loans (‘on-site’ ebook loans).
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free (reproduced version)
Notes: Copies of this Statutory Instrument which PLR makes available have been reproduced from the official version. Printed copies can be purchased from TSO.

 

Document: The Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variation) Order 2005 (No 1519)
Description: From 1 July 2005 - amendment to requirements for designation of sampling points. From 1 September 2006 - amendments to upper (increased to £6,600) and lower (reduced to £1) payment thresholds.
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free (reproduced version)
Notes: Copies of this Statutory Instrument which PLR makes available have been reproduced from the official version. Printed copies can be purchased from TSO.

 

Document: The Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) Order 2004 (No 1258)
Description: Amendment to definition of EEA States
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free (reproduced version)
Notes: Copies of this Statutory Instrument which PLR makes available have been reproduced from the official version. Printed copies can be purchased from TSO.

 

Document: The Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variation) Order 2018 (No 691)
Description:

Part 1 - From 1 July 2018 - inclusion of Public Library remote loans of ebooks and e-audio books.

Part 2 - From 1 July 2018 - removal of the requirement for the first application for PLR to be signed by someone who has known the applicant for over 2 years.

Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free (reproduced version)
Notes: Copies of this Statutory Instrument which PLR makes available have been reproduced from the official version. Printed copies can be purchased from TSO

 

The British Library Advisory Committee for PLR

 

Document: The British Library Advisory Committee for PLR: background, membership and Terms of Reference
Description: Provides information on the Advisory Committee
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

 

PLR Financial Data

This section provides further details on PLR's, Financial statements, budgets and variance reports and Author payments. (Payments to individual authors are confidential and therefore not available.)

Financial statements, budgets and variance reports

 

Document: Final Report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Accounts for the six months ended 30 September 2013
Description: Final report on the Public Lending Right Scheme and Central Fund Accounts for the period 1 April 2013 to 30 September 2013.
Availability: Website; Post
Cost: Free
Notes: 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.

 

Document: Annual Report - archive
Description: Published annual reports which describe the work of the PLR office and provide information on the PLR Scheme.
Availability: Website; Post
Cost: See Notes below
Notes:

Annual Report and Account: 2012-13 (£10.75 published by and available from TSO; free pdf version available on website), 2011-12 (£10.75 published by and available from TSO; free pdf version available on website), 2010-11 (£10.25 published by and available from TSO; free pdf version available on website), 2009-10 (£9.75 published by and available from TSO; free pdf version available on website), 2008-09 (£9.50 published by and available from TSO; free pdf version available on website), 2007-08 (£9.25 published by and available from TSO; free pdf version available on website), 2006-07 (£9.00 published by and available from TSO; free pdf version available on website), 2005-06 (£11.10 published by and available from TSO; free pdf version available on website), 2004-05 (£16.60 published by and available from TSO; free pdf version available on website), 2003-04 (£3.20; free pdf version available on website) Annual Report: 2002-03 (£3.20; free pdf version available on website), 2001-02 (£3.20; free pdf version available on website), 2000-01 (£2.80; free pdf version available on website), 1999-2000 (£2.80; free pdf version available on website), 1998-99 (£2.80), 1997-98 (£2.80), 1996-97 (£2.00)

 

Document: Central Fund Account - archive
Description: Details the accounts of the Public Lending Right Central Fund and covers the annual payments made to authors
Availability: Website
Cost: Free (website version)
Notes: Available for 2002-2003, 2001-2002, 2000-2001, 1999-2000. These are PLR's website versions of the accounts which National Audit Office have given us permission to use. Printed copies can be purchased from TSO.

 

Author payments

Document: PLR news - January 2018
Description: Newsletter sent to authors with their payment statements in January 2018 detailing latest developments, how loans data is collected and payments calculated, providing details of the 2018 payment distribution (including number of authors in each payment band) and reminders for authors of important dates in the 2017 PLR calendar
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

 

Document: PLR news - archive
Description: Newsletter sent to authors with their payment statements detailing developments in the Scheme, facts and figures about the Scheme and facts and figures (including number of authors in each payment band)
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Newsletters available: Issue 17 - January 2017, Issue 16 - March 2016, Issue 15 - January 2016, Issue 14 - January 2015, Issue 13 - January 2014, Issue 12 - January 2013, Issue 11 - January 2012, Issue 10 - January 2011, Issue 9 - January 2010, Issue 8 - January 2009, Issue 7 - January 2008,Issue 6 - January 2007, Issue 5 - January 2006, Issue 4 - January 2005, Issue 3 - January 2004, Issue 2 - January 2003, Issue 1 - January 2002

 

Document: PLR notification leaflet - archive
Description: Leaflet sent to authors with their payment statements detailing developments in the Scheme, facts and figures about the Scheme and payments (including number of authors in each payment band and amounts distributed due to maximum and minimum thresholds)
Availability: Post
Cost: Free
Notes: Leaflets available: 1984 - 2001

 

Document: PLR payments year 1 - present
Description: Summary Table. Details the Rate Per Loan, the size of the PLR Fund and amount available to authors for each PLR year
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

 

Document: Distribution of payments by country
Description: Breakdown of number of authors, amount distributed, tax deducted and Euro conversion by country
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Available for PLR years 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01

 

Document: Payment control totals
Description: Breakdown of number of authors and how much money is distributed (gross and net amounts shown) by payment method
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Available for payments made in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 ,1999

 

Document: Collecting society breakdown
Description: List of how many authors were paid via each collecting society, how much was paid to each collecting society (gross and net) and net amount paid in Euros
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Available for payments made in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006. A summary of the latest payments can be found in the Registration section of the website under Payments

 

Document: Registration statistics
Description: Report showing number of authors and books registered in that year
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Available for all PLR payments Year 1 - present

 

 

PLR Strategy

This section provides further details on Strategic plans, Annual reports and Customer service

Strategic Plans

Document: Strategic framework
Description: PLR's strategic priorities under the British Library
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: PLR timetable
Description: A timetable listing the actions required in order to process the annual payments to authors. Actions are listed by date and show who is responsible as well as when the action has been completed
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Annual reports

Document: Annual report 2014-15
Description: Annual Report describing the work of the PLR office.
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: 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 was removed. However, PLR produced an Annual Report for the British Library Board describing the operation of the Public Lending Right Scheme.

Document: Annual report - archive
Description: Annual Report describing the work of the PLR office.
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Available for 2013-14. For Reports prior to 2013-14 see Financial statements, budgets and variance reports above.

Customer service

Document: Code of service
Description: Details PLR's Customer Service Standards
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Complaints procedure
Description: Advise on how to contact the PLR office in the event of receiving an unsatisfactory standard of service
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

PLR Policies

This section details PLR's library of Team procedures. (Any names of individuals will be blanked out.)

PLR team procedures

Document: Financial guidance and procedures
Description: Procedures for budgeting, accounting, dealing with fixed assets and details of PLR's financial software packages
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free

Document: DCMS financial information
Description: Procedures for annual report and accounts, resource budgeting, cash profiling, grant-in-aid requests
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free

Document: Corporate Governance & internal control
Description: Procedures relating to audits, Governance Statement.
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free

Document: Author payments procedures
Description: Details of Corporate Services functions relating to processing annual payments to authors
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free

Document: Procurement
Description: PLR's procurement strategy policy and rules and procedures releating to purchases and sales.
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free

Document: Records management
Description: Records Management policies and procedures (eg network management, filing, archiving, printing, maintenance of PLR's intranet and websites)
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free

Document: IT procedures
Description: Details the policies users must comply with to enforce proficient computer use.
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free
Notes: Some personal information has been blanked out

Document: Project management procedures
Description: Procedures relating to PLR's project management policy, approach and evaluation
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free

Document: Green housekeeping strategy
Description: Details of PLR's green housekeeping procedures.
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free

Document: Business continuity
Description: Details the purpose, roles and responsibilities and plan testing procedures. (PLR's Business Continuity Plan is exempt as it deals with security issues.)
Availability: Post, email
Cost: Free
Notes: Some information has been blanked out as it deals with security issues


Document: Author Services Procedures - loans data collection
Description: Desk instructions for members of the Author Services team dealing with loans data collection
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - grossing up
Description: Desk instructions for dealing with the annual grossing up of loans data
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes Some data has been blanked out as it deals with personal information

Document: Author Services Procedures - payment
Description: Details of Author Services functions relating to the annual payments to authors
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - annual statistics
Description: Instructions for producing the annual listings of most borrowed authors and books
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - constructing bibliographic search codes
Description: Desk instructions detailing how to construct internal bibliographic search codes to be used in PLR files interrogation
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - invalid, incorrect, duplicate and set ISBNs
Description: Procedures for dealing with the above
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - bookfile updates
Description: Procedures for dealing with updates from the British Library and Source Data
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - claims and transfers (miscellaneous)
Description: Procedures for dealing with payment deferred
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Some personal information has been blanked out

Document: Author Services Procedures - procedures for year end
Description: Procedures for dealing with each PLR year end (30 June)
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - historical data
Description: Details the purposes in retaining archived book loans, payments and library loans data
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - book categories
Description: Details the categories which are added to book records on the PLR database
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - miscellaneous procedures
Description: Details Author Services procedures for internally processing complaints (the complaints procedure for authors is outlined in the Information for Authors Leaflet) and procedures for sending mailshots to authors with invalid sort codes
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Author Services Procedures - sample selection
Description: Details Author Services procedures for selection and designation of sample library authorities to particpate in the PLR sample and supply PLR with book loans information.
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Eligibility Rulings/Interpretations Manual
Description: Manual providing detailed interpretation of PLR's eligibility rulings
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Some personal information has been blanked out


The Service we offer

Find more information here on Media Releases, Statistics, Publications, Information and Advice and the International PLR Network. (Personal information about registered authors, their book loans and payments is covered by the Data Protection Act and therefore cannot be made available.)

Media Releases

Document: Press Release - February 2018
Description: James Patterson prevails as king of UK libraries
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2018
Description: What's happening in your local library?
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2018
Description: The borrowing habits of the nation: UK library chart toppers 2016-17
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2017
Description: The Girl on the Train steams into number one spot
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2017
Description: Latest library borrowing data released - five interesting facts and figures
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2017
Description: Tracking the reading habits of the nation: Ask LEWIS
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2017
Description: The borrowing habits of the nation: UK library chart toppers 2015-16
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2017
Description: The borrowing habits of the nation: Twenty years of data - UK library chart toppers since 1996/97
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2016
Description: Children's authors dominate loans from UK public libraries
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2016
Description: PLR announces most popular audio-books in UK public libraries
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2016
Description: Tracking the reading habits of the nation: Ask LEWIS
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2016
Description: The borrowing habits of the nation: UK library chart toppers 2014-15
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2016
Description: The borrowing habits of the nation: Twenty years of data - UK library chart toppers since 1995/96
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2015
Description: What books are library users borrowing?
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2015
Description: What's great about your local library?
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2015
Description: Tracking the reading habits of the nation: Ask LEWIS
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2015
Description: The borrowing habits of the nation: UK library chart toppers 2013-14
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2015
Description: The borrowing habits of the nation: Twenty years of data - UK library chart toppers since 1994/95
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2014
Description: Shades of Grey, the Wimpy Kid and a magnificent seventh for James Patterson
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2014
Description: Library loans and the “Fifty Shades” effect
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2014
Description: Ask LEWIS - Tracking the borrowing habits of the nation
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2014
Description: 2012-13 UK Chart Toppers
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2014
Description: 1993/94 - 2012/13 UK Chart Toppers - Twenty Years of Data
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2013
Description: US Writers Smother UK Rivals When it Comes to Bodies in the Library
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2013
Description: Children's Writers Rule in PLR's Most Borrowed Authors List
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2013
Description: 30 Years of Worth - PLR marks three decades of payments to writers
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2013
Description: Ask LEWIS - Tracking the borrowing habits of the nation
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2013
Description: 2011-12 UK Chart Toppers
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2013
Description: 2002-12 UK Chart Toppers of the Decade
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2012
Description: Children's Writers Ride High in PLR's Most Borrowed Atuhors List
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2012
Description: It's Criminal - Latest PLR Data reveals huge popularity of US crime novels and thrillers with UK borrowers
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2012
Description: Ask LEWIS - Tracking the borrowing habits of the nation
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2012
Description: The Borrowing Habits of the Nation - UK Library Chart Toppers 2010-11
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2011
Description: UK Children's Writers Dominate PLR's Most Borrowed Authors List
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2011
Description: Ask LEWIS - Tracking the Borrowing Habits of the Nation
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2011
Description: The Borrowing Habits of the Nation - UK Library Chart Toppers 2009-10
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2011
Description: The Borrowing Habits of the Noughties - A Decade of Data 2000-2010
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2010
Description: Jacqueline Wilson is the Most Borrowed Author of the Last Decade
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2010
Description: Happy Valentine's Day! Latest PLR Data Reveals Our Romantic Reading Habits
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2010
Description: Most Borrowed vs Most Bought 1999 - 2009
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2010
Description: 2008-09 Chart Toppers
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2010
Description: 1999-2009 Chart Toppers of the Decade
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - November 2009
Description: 1979-2009: PLR celebrates 30 years of supporting Scottish authors
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - June 2009
Description: Bestselling author Tracy Chevalier visits Teesside to mark PLR's 30th anniversary
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2009
Description: James Patterson is UK's Most Borowed Author
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2009
Description: As PLR Celebrates its 30th Anniversary: “We need PLR more than ever”, say writers
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2009
Description: 30 `Pearls' About PLR: Did you know that...?
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2009
Description: Public Lending Right at 30
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2009
Description: Are Reading Habits Regional?
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2009
Description: Public Libraries' Chart Toppers 2007-2008 (UK)
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2008
Description: James Patterson Topples Jacqueline Wilson to Become UK's Most Borrowed Author
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2008
Description: The PLR Lifeline: What PLR Payments & Libraries Mean to Authors
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2008
Description: Public Libraries' Chart Toppers 2006-2007 (UK)
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2008
Description: Public Libraries' Chart Toppers 2006-2007 (Regional)
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - December 2007
Description: PLR launches new advocacy booklet inviting writers to talk
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - May 2007
Description: PLR launches new and improved online registration service
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2007
Description: Jacqueline Wilson Retains Crown as UK's Most Borrowed Author
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2007
Description: Revealed: The Authors with Staying Power
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2007
Description: `Ask Lewis' - Tracking the Borrowing Habits of the Nation
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2007
Description: A Decade of Data from Public Lending Right
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2007
Description: Public Libraries' Chart Toppers 2005-2006
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2006
Description: Jacqueline Wilson: UK's Most Borrowed Author for Third Year Running
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2006
Description: `Ask Lewis' - Tracking the Borrowing Habits of the Nation
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2006
Description: UK Library Borrowers Turn to Crime: PLR Figures Highlight Growing Popularity of Crime Fiction, Thrillers and Children's Books
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2006
Description: Public Libraries' Chart Toppers 2004 - 2005
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2005
Description: `Public Lending Right Data Reveals Jacqueline Wilson is Still the Borrowers' Choice'

Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2005
Description: `Borrowers Recommend' Reading Promotion Experiments with New Book Marketing Approach
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Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2005
Description: `Ask Lewis' - Tracking the Borrowing Habits of the Nation
Availability: Website; Post;email
Cost: Free

Document: Public Libraries' Chart Toppers - February 2005
Description: `Public Libraries' Chart Toppers 2003-04'
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Cost: Free

Document: Supporting a Creative Nation - November 2004
Description: Public Lending Right - 25 years, serving authors in partnership with public libraries
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Cost: Free

Document: Supporting a Creative Nation - May 2004
Description: Whose loan is it anyway? Public Lending Right - serving authors for 25 years
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Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2004
Description: `Wilson Topples Cookson' Children's writer Jacqueline Wilson becomes UK's most borrowed author as PLR celebrates its 25th anniversary
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Cost: Free

Document: Public Libraries' Chart Toppers - February 2004
Description: `Public Libraries' Chart Toppers 2002-03'
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - April 2003
Description: `Welcome Boost to Author Earnings as PLR Announces Substantial Rate Increase'
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - April 2003
Description: `Cookson's 17-year Reign Under Threat: Who is Her Heir Apparent?'
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Public Libraries' Chart Toppers - April 2003
Description: `Public Libraries' Chart Toppers 2001-02'
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Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2002
Description: `What's the Nation Really Reading? UK's Most Popular Authors Revealed'
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Did You Know? - February 2002
Description: `The PLR Scheme 2000-01 - Did You Know?'
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2001
Description: `Public Lending Right - The Difference it Makes. UK Authors Receive Vital Income - February 2001'
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Did You Know? - February 2001
Description: `The PLR Scheme 1999-2000 - Did You Know?'
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - February 2000
Description: `Children's Authors More Popular Than Ever in Libraries'
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Press Release - January 1999
Description: The PLR Scheme Twenty Years On: `Phoney and Unworkable' or `Smooth, Effortless and Wonderful'?
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Statistics

Document: Most borrowed authors (top 500) - 2016-17
Description: Most recent listing - adult and children's authors combined.
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: See below for archive listings

Document: Most borrowed authors (top 500) - archive
Description: Top 500 listing - adult and children's authors combined
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Listings available for 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13. Top 400 listings available for PLR years 2009-10 - 2011-12. Years 2005-06 - 2008-09 contain Top 250 and Years 1990-91 - 2004-05 contain Top 100

Document: Most borrowed authors (top 20) - 2016-17
Description: Most recent Top 20 listings - adult, children's and classic listings available
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: See below for archive listings

Document: Most borrowed authors (top 20) - archive
Description: Top 20 listing - adult, children's and classic listings available
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes:

Listings available for PLR years 1990-91 - 2015-16 (1990-91 listing does not include classic authors)


Document: Most borrowed illustrators (top 50) - 2015-16
Description: Top 50 listing of most borrowed illustrators
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Most borrowed titles (top 20) - 2016-17
Description: Most recent Top 20 listing - includes fiction, non-fiction, classic and audio titles
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: See below for archive listings

Document: Most borrowed titles (top 20) - archive
Description: Top 20 listings
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Listings available for PLR years 1991-92 - 2015-16

Document: UK and regional top 100 titles - 2016-17
Description: Top 100 titles (UK) and from each of the government regions for England sampled by PLR (East, London, North East, North West & Merseyside, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire & The Humber) plus Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: See below for archive listings


Document: UK and regional top 100 titles - archive
Description: Top 100 titles  from UK and each of the regions sampled by PLR
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Listings available for PLR years 1991-92 - 2015-16 (1991-92 - 2005-06 listings are based on the eight regions specified in the PLR sample - Counties Northern, Counties South East, Counties South West, Metropolitan Boroughs, London, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)

Document: Most borrowed titles (top 100) - archive
Description: Top 100 children's and adult titles arranged alphabetically, rather than in loans order
Availability: Post
Cost: Free
Notes: Listings available for PLR years Jan-Jun 1983 - 1990-91. Children's listings are not available for Jan-Jun 1983 or for 1983-1984 listings

Document: Loans by category 2015-16
Description: Breakdown of loans of registered books by category
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Using the book trade’s standard BIC (Book Industry Communications) subject categories, this table is based on estimated national loans derived from ALL the book loans collected by the PLR office from its sample library authorities.

Document: Loans by category listings - archive
Description: Breakdown of loans of books by category
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Listings available for PLR years 2000-01 - 2014-15. Since 2000-01 PLR has been using the book trade’s standard BIC (Book Industry Communications) subject categories. These tables are based on estimated national loans derived from ALL the book loans collected by the PLR office from its sample library authorities (not just from loans of books registered for PLR as in the past).

Document: Loans of registered books by category listings - archive
Description: Breakdown of loans of registered books by category
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Listings available for PLR years 1992-93 - 1999-00. The tables are based on estimates for book loans nationally, derived from loans data collected from PLR’s sample library authorities. However, the tables take account only of loans of books registered for PLR (about 45%) of library loans and use categories devised by the PLR office.

Document: PLR library sample (2018-19)
Description: Details of library authorities currently participating in the PLR sample
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: PLR library sample - archive
Description: Archive lists of library authorities participating in the PLR sample
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Listings available for PLR years 1982-83 - 2017-18. (The website 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.)

Document: Grossing-up factors
Description: Lists of the grossing up factors used in the payment calculations. Gives details of number of loans sampled, all loans, % sampled and multiplication factors for each of the regions sampled by PLR
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Listings available for PLR years 1982-83 - 2016-17

Publications

Document: Writers Talk 2009
Description: 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.
Availability: Website; Post
Cost: Free

Document: Writers Talk 2008
Description: 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.
Availability: Website; Post
Cost: Free

Document: Writers Talk 2007
Description: 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
Availability: Website; Post
Cost: Free

Document: Whose Loan Is It Anyway?
Description: This book tells the story of that campaign and of the early years of the scheme through the recollections of those most closely involved
Availability: Website; Post
Cost: £4.50 or free to view on website

Information and Advice

Document: Data Protection Notice: information we hold about authors
Description: Notice describing the personal information we keep about authors, for how long and for what purpose
Availability: Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: PLR enews
Description: Short and informative newsletter sent to registered authors with email addresses (unless they request to opt out)
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes:

Available for Dec 2006, Mar 2007, Jun 2007, Oct 2007, Dec 2007, Mar 2008, Jun 2008, Sep 2008, Dec 2008, May 2009, Dec 2009, May 2010, Dec 2010, May 2011, Dec 2011, May 2012, Dec 2012, Jun 2013, Sep 2013Dec 2013, Jun 2014, Dec 2014, Jun 2015, Dec 2015, May 2016, Dec 2016, Jun 2017, Dec 2017

Links within e-newsletters may no longer be valid.


Document: Information for Authors Leaflet
Description: Leaflet for authors providing information on the UK and Irish PLR schemes, details of eligibility requirements, information on Tax and VAT, the service you may expect from PLR etc
Availability: Website; Post;email
Cost: Free

Document: Application for Registration Pack for New Applicants
Description: Application form for registering for UK and/or Irish PLR with guidance notes and details of supporting information required for new applicants
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Authors can also register for PLR Online. (Please note the online service is not available just for Irish registrations.)

Document: Additional Book Registration Form
Description: Form for registering additional books for UK and/or Irish PLR
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: This can also be done using the Online service. (Please note the online service is not available just for Irish registrations.)

Document: Application to Synchronise UK and Irish PLR Details
Description: Form to synchronise personal and book data so that details are the same for the UK and Irish PLR schems
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Information Leaflet - UK and Irish Assignment and Posthumous Registration
Description: Leaflet giving advice on transferring PLR to a new owner and posthumous registration
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Guide to Completing a Will
Description: Guide giving suggested wording when referring to PLR in your Will
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Application for Assignment (Transfer on Death) Form
Description: Guidance notes and form to assign books registered for UK PLR only, Irish PLR only or both schemes
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Application for Assignment (Gift or Sale) Form
Description: Guidance notes and form to assign books registered for UK PLR only, Irish PLR only or both schemes
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: First Application for Posthumous Registration Form and Guidance Notes
Description: Guide to completing and form for first applications for posthumous registration of books for both the UK and Irish PLR schemes
Availability: Website; Post;email
Cost: Free

Document: Subsequent Application for Posthumous Registration Form and Guide
Description: Application form and guidance notes for subsequent applicants for posthumous registration of books for both the UK and Irish PLR schemes
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Application to Renounce Registered Interests Form
Description: Form for registered authors to remove some or all their titles from the PLR Register either temporarily or permanently - for UK PLR only, Irish PLR only or both schemes
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Amending UK or International Bank Details Form
Description: Form for registered authors to advise PLR of amendments to direct credit details
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Declaration and Supporting Documents Form
Description: Form for authors registering for PLR for the first time using the online service to complete
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: The Role of Sample Libraries Leaflet
Description: Leaflet providing information on PLR to sample libraries
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Quick FAQs for Sample Libraries
Description: Leaflet detailing frequently asked questions from libraries participating in the sample
Availability: Website; Post; email
Cost: Free

International PLR Network

The PLR International Network brings together those countries with established PLR systems and provides assistance and advice to countries interested in setting up PLR schemes. The Network is coordinated by the former Head of PLR. For further information visit the website at www.plrinternational.com

Document: PLR around the world at a glance
Description: Table detailing the countries with PLR systems, the legal status, source of funding, method of calculation, citizenship/language requirement, eligible material and eligible contributors.
Availability: PLR International website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: Established PLR schemes
Description: Details the countries with established PLR schemes (contact details, overview and background information)
Availability: PLR International website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: PLR schemes in development
Description: Details the countries currently developing PLR Schemes (contact details and recent developments)
Availability: PLR International website; Post; email
Cost: Free

Document: International PLR Network  - conference reports
Description: The International PLR Network meets every two years at a conference held by a member country. Reports for each year are available.
Availability: PLR International website; Post; email
Cost: Free
Notes: Conferences held in 2017 (Paris), 2015 (Netherlands) 2013 (Dublin), 2011 (Brussels), 2009 (Lisbon), 2007 (Paris), 2005 (Berlin), 2003 (Oslo), 2001 (Canberra), 1999 (Ottawa) 1997 (Copenhagen)

Document: PLR training seminars for European countries - reports
Description: Brief reports of PLR seminars for European countries lacking PLR systems
Availability: PLR International website; Post; email
Cost: Seminars held in 2008 (Bucharest), 2007 (Budapest), 2006 (Madrid), 2004 (Rome), 2003 (London) 

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About us

PLR is the right for authors to receive payment for the loans of their books by public libraries

Registration service (UK & Irish PLR)

How to apply for PLR, information on eligibility and payments

Library information

Information for authors and librarians regarding the PLR library sample

UK PLR media centre

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

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

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.