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Through our website we aim to provide published authors with an easy route to register for UK and Irish PLR which is a legal right to payment from government in both countries each time their books are borrowed from public libraries.

UK PLR is now the responsibility of the British Library. However, the existing team in Stockton-on-Tees joined the British Library and continues to administer PLR.

Our website also provides further details of the work we do and through our Media Centre gives a unique insight into UK book borrowing tastes from the data collected from libraries across the country.



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Who are the nation's favourite illustrators?

For the first time ever PLR announces the most borrowed illustrators from UK public libraries... (more)

Applications for registration

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

Remote ebook lending and UK PLR

On 27 April 2017 the Digital Economy Bill which included provision to extend the UK Public Lending Right legislation to include remote loans of ebooks from public libraries received royal assent.... (more)


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