PLR: A Timeline, detailing key PLR events, is available to view/print.
About Us provides information relating to the PLR organisation and background to the Act and Scheme. Please choose a topic from the drop down list below:
The Public Lending Right office is based in Stockton on Tees. Overall responsibility for PLR lies with the Registrar, and he is supported by 12 members of staff providing Author Services and Corporate Services. The PLR Organisational Chart is available in pdf format.
PLR is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and in 2012-13 received £7.08 million pounds in grant-in-aid, of which £6.4 million was distributed to authors. Funding for 2013-14 has been set at £6.90 million.
The Registrar is advised by a Management Board and Audit Committee, and details of both can be found within the PLR committees section of this site.
In administering the PLR Scheme, the Registrar and his team set themselves a number of core objectives. Further information can be found within PLR objectives. PLR's most recent Corporate Plan can be viewed within the Media Centre area of this site under Publications.
A four-year Funding Agreement between DCMS and PLR sets out PLR's strategic priorities and the contribution that it will make towards meeting DCMS objectives. The current Funding Agreement covers the period 2011-15 and can be viewed under Publications.
PLR was established by the Public Lending Right Act 1979 which gave British
authors a legal right to receive payment for the free lending of their books
by public libraries. Under the Act funding is provided by Central Government
and payments are made to eligible authors in accordance with how often their
books are lent out from a selected sample of UK public libraries. To qualify
for payment authors must apply to the Registrar of PLR who is appointed by
the government to maintain a register of eligible authors and books, and
to supervise the administration of PLR. The Act established PLR as an intellectual
property right, entirely separate from copyright.
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