27/03/2013

Public Lending Right transfer

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has today (27 March 2013) announced his decision to abolish the body that administers Public Lending Right (PLR). PLR is the legal right of authors to payment from Government each time their books are borrowed from public libraries.

The British Library Board will take on statutory responsibility for administering PLR. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) undertook a consultation in summer 2012 in which this was stated as their preferred option. The transfer is scheduled for 1 October 2013, subject to the approval of Parliament.

Both the PLR and the British Library are keen to ensure a smooth transition and continued high standard of service for authors. Under the new arrangements, the PLR staff will remain in place in their current office location in Stockton-on-Tees.

The DCMS press release is available here. Information is also available on the PLR website.

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