NEW - EBooks: Coming soon to PLR

You will be able to register electronic books (ebooks) with the PLR Program as of February 15, 2016, when the next registration period opens. The standard PLR eligibility criteria apply.

Please note:
• Your ebook will not be considered as a separate title, simply as another eligible version or format.
• PLR payments are not based on loans but rather the presence of a title in a library catalogue.

Click here for information on ebook registration.


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 is closed.


Registration period: 15 February to 1 May 2016

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

Registered Authors__________________________

The PLR cycle takes a full year to complete. PLR payments will be mailed out to registered authors who quality in mid-February 2016. We will include a personalized File Update form, which we ask you to use to submit new titles or new editions or formats of already registered 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 2016 when the registration forms are available on our website, please click here.


Annual Report 2014-15 (pdf, 1 MB) - June 2015

2014-15 Author Payments - February 2015

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