NEW - PLR Payment Threshold

Effective February 2015, there will be a $50 threshold set for a PLR payment. This will mean that only those registrants whose library survey results amount to at least $50 will qualify to receive a PLR payment.


The Canada Council for the Arts distributes annual payments to Canadian authors through the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program as compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries.

The PLR Commission provides guidance to the PLR program.

The PLR registration period will open on
February 15, 2015.


Registration period: 15 February to 1 May 2015

Registrations received outside of the registration period will NOT be accepted and will be returned to the sender.

Registered Authors__________________________

PLR payments will be mailed to those who qualify in mid-February. We will include a personalized File Update form, which we ask you to use to submit new titles.

First-time Registrants________________________
Registration forms for new authors will be downloadable from this website during the registration period. If you are not already registered, and would like to receive an e-mail notice in February 2015 when the registration forms are available on our website, please click here.


Annual Report 2013-14 (pdf) - June 2014

2013-14 Author Payments - February 2014


PLR Program Research

1) The Policy Foundations of Public Lending Right in Canada
by Roy MacSkimming - December 2011
(pdf, 92 KB)

2) Canada's Public Lending Right Program: Program Design, International Comparisions, and the Impact of Technology
by Roy MacSkimming - March 2012
(pdf, 264 KB)


3) Public Lending Right in Canada: Options for Renewal
by Roy MacSkimming - March 2013
(pdf, 275 KB)

Public Lending Right Program

150 Elgin Street | PO Box 1047
Ottawa ON  K1P 5V8
Telephone: 1-800-521-5721 or
Fax: 613-566-4390
email Email the PLR