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17 May 20016

Registration reminder for UK and Irish PLR schemes

Online applications must be submitted by midnight on Thursday 30 June 2016 to be included in the year end calculations. Postal applications must also be received by no later than Thursday 30 June 2016.

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.

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25 April 20016

Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right - New member

We are pleased to announce that Nick Yapp has been appointed to the British Library Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right. Nick is a writer and long-standing member of the Writers’ Guild.  He is also currently President of the European Writers’ Council.

The Advisory Committee was established to provide expert advice to the British 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.

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22 March 2016

Revised UK PLR statements and payments

During its routine annual audit, the National Audit Office identified an error in the calculation that creates the annual PLR figures. As a result of a manual input error the overall loans figure for the London region was under represented when calculating the total sample.

Following consultation with the Department for Culture Media and Sport and with their approval, authors whose payments are affected will receive an extra payment. Additional loans using the recalculated figures will be paid at 7.67p, the agreed Rate Per Loan for 2014-15.

Our calculations have now been corrected and verified.  Revised statements will be issued to those affected and payments will be made between 23 and 30 March 2016.  Collecting society members will be paid via their nominated collecting society.

The error has no effect on the Irish PLR payments made in December 2015.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and wish to reassure you that we are putting measures in place so this will not happen again.  Please see our Questions & Answers for further details or contact us for specific enquiries.

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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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