plr news

5 February 2016

Released today most borrowed authors and books in UK libraries

Children's authors dominate loans from UK public libraries - Public libraries providing `vital' service for younger readers... (click here to read more)

PLR announces most popular audio-books in UK public libraries - PLR makes first ever payments on audio-book titles... (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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7 January 2016

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 18 January 2016. 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 18 January 2016 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 10 and 19 February 2016. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 5 February 2016 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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4 January 2016

Community/volunteer libraries & PLR

We are aware that the recent changes to how libraries are run including the setting up of community and volunteer libraries may have the potential to restrict the sample from which PLR can select. However, it should be noted that if a community-supported library forms part of a library authority’s statutory provision, it would still fall within the PLR scheme. Under the PLR legislation local community libraries set up by independent groups and managed outside the local authority public library service cannot be included in the PLR library ‘sample’. (Only public libraries operating as part of the statutory library service provided by local authorities under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act qualify for PLR.)

As community libraries remain a minority this should not be a cause for concern at present.  The ‘grossing up’ calculation of actual loans to give a national figure (taken from the library borrowing figures reported by CIPFA) should address any anomalies with the number of loans we would expect from each library authority.

However, the PLR team will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the sample is not adversely affected.

Further details of the libraries participating in the PLR sample are available here.

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