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1 April 2014

THE BRITISH LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR PLR

The British Library has established an Advisory Committee for PLR following its assumption of responsibility for Public Lending Right in October 2013.

The Committee, chaired by author Tracy Chevalier, will provide advice to the Head of PLR and the British Library Board on the operation of the UK PLR Scheme.

Further information on Committee membership and Terms of Reference can be found here.

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3 March 2014

DACS DISTRIBUTES FIRST EUROPEAN PLR PAYMENTS TO UK VISUAL ARTISTS

DACS has recently made its first payments of royalties from the Dutch Public Lending Right Scheme in the Netherlands (where public libraries pay a royalty to the Lending Right Foundation for books that they lend out). DACS received a share of these royalties from Pictoright, its Dutch sister society, to distribute to eligible UK visual artists, including fine artists, photographers and illustrators.

Registration for 2014 royalties will open this summer. Further information can be found on the DACS website.

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14 February 2014

RELEASED TODAY TOP AUTHORS AND BOOKS IN UK LIBRARIES

Shades of Grey, the Wimpy Kid and a Magnificent Seventh for James Patterson - Latest PLR data also shows two literary novels among the most borrowed books in UK libraries... (click here to read more)

Library Loans and the "Fifty Shades" effect - St Valentine's Day release of PLR data reveals spurt in the borrowing of erotic fiction ... (click here to read more)

Further information on the nation’s book borrowing tastes can be found in the Media Centre area of our website.

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13 February 2014

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON EXTENDING UK PLR TO AUDIO AND EBOOKS

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport today launched a public consultation on its proposal to extend UK PLR to public library loans of audio books and ebooks downloaded on library premises. The consultation document is available on the GOV.UK website.

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14 January 2014

REVIEW OF 2013

2013 was a year of huge change for the UK PLR office and after 34 years of independent existence PLR's functions were transferred to the British Library on 1 October 2013. We thought it would, therefore, be interesting to produce a PLR Review of 2013 looking at key events during the last year.

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14 January 2014

UK PLR ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS

The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements

Online statements will be available to view on 20 January 2014. An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available. Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.

Paper statements will be posted second class on 20 January 2014 to those who do not have an online account. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn 1 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.

Payments

Payments will be made between 12 and 22 February 2014. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 7 February 2014 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.

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