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5 March 2015

Applications for registration

We currently have large volumes of online and paper applications to process.

If your online application is ‘awaiting approval’ there is no need to take any further action. You will receive an email to confirm when your application has been processed.

If you have sent a paper application, you should have received an email to confirm when your application was received.

We aim to confirm registration within 8 weeks of receipt.

Thank you for your patience at this busy time.

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2 March 2015

Report recommends extending UK PLR to remote ebook loans

The government-commissioned Sieghart Report on the future of public libraries in the UK has recommended that the government seeks to secure changes in European and UK copyright law in the next legislative term to extend PLR to include remote ebook loans. (Currently only ebooks downloaded on public library premises and taken away as loans on portable devices qualify for PLR in the UK.)

Further information can be found here.

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18 February 2015

Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right – Vacancy for two Appointed Members

The British Library Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right was established to provide expert advice to the Library on the operation of the UK PLR Scheme and to represent the views of PLR stakeholders. The Committee is made up of a Chair and six members: two members representing registered authors, two representing the public library community and two from the wider PLR constituency (book trade, writing, publishing, authors’ agents, copyright and intellectual property etc).

We are currently seeking applicants for the two appointed members representing the wider PLR constituency.

Further information on the Committee and the vacancy can be found here.

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16 February 2015

Registering audio material for UK PLR

Non-print material can now be registered for UK PLR.

Register your audio-books before 30 June 2015 for inclusion in the February 2016 payment round. Our helpful FAQs under Registration of Non-print Material provides lots of information about eligible contributors and the fixed shares which apply to audio-book registration.

You can apply to register your published titles online or via an application form. Alternatively you can request a form to be posted to you.

We are advising authors not to register ebooks as the extension of the PLR scheme only permits ebooks which are downloaded on library premises to fixed terminals and then taken away on loan to be included within PLR legislation.  Libraries have advised us that they do not offer such facilities, and that all ebook lending is carried out ‘remotely’ to home PCs and mobile devices.  PLR is unable to make payments for remote ebook lending as it continues to be covered under copyright law. Due to these current restrictions, we would not recommend that ebooks are registered for PLR.

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13 February 2015

Released today top authors and books in UK libraries

What books are library-users borrowing? - Latest PLR data shows the most borrowed authors in UK libraries... (click here to read more)

What’s great about your local library?- PLR data reveals regional variations in lending data... (click here to read more)

Tracking the borrowing habits of the nation- Ask LEWIS... (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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29 January 2015

Registration deadline for Dutch PLR payments to UK artists via DACS

DACS has extended the registration deadline for visual artists, photographers and illustrators to apply for their share of Dutch Public Lending Right royalties, for the lending of books featuring their work by libraries in the Netherlands.

Please note that you need to reapply each year.

Further information can be found on the DACS website. (Claims must be submitted by Monday 2 February 2015.)

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14 January 2015

UK PLR annual statements and payments

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


Online statements will be available to view around 20 January 2015. 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 2015 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 will be made between 13 and 20 February 2015. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 6 February 2015 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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