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 next PLR registration period will open on February 15th, 2014.
Registration period: 15 February to 1 May 2014
Results of the Public Lending Right library sampling and payments will be sent by regular mail to registered authors in mid-February 2014. The envelope will also include a File Update form that must be used to inform the Program of new books.
Registration forms for new authors will be downloadable from this website during this period. If you are not already registered, and would like to receive an e-mail notice in February 2014 when the registration forms are available on our website, click here.
Registrations received outside of the registration period will NOT be accepted and will be returned to the sender.
Winners of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Awards - November 2013
3rd PLR Program Research: Public Lending Right in Canada: Options for Renewal by Roy MacSkimming - March 2013 (pdf, 275 KB)
2012-13 Author Payments - February 2013