Last updated: 2 April 2013
In October 2010 the government announced its decision to abolish the Registrar of Public Lending Right (the organisation that administers payments from government made every time authors' books are borrowed from public libraries). You can download the Society's full response to the DCMS decision here.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) held a public consultation between 8 May and 30 July 2012 seeking the views of authors and other interested parties on its proposals to transfer responsibility for managing the PLR scheme to another public body.
A summary of the responses to the PLR consultation has been published on the DCMS website, and is available to view here. The summary indicated that the majority of respondents did not want to see the functions of the PLR Registrar transferred to another body.
Despite the overwhelming majority of respondents urging no change to the current system, on 27 March 2013, the DCMS announced that the Public Lending Right body will cease to exist as a separate organisation and responsibility for managing the PLR Scheme will be transferred to the British Library.
The post of Registrar will be abolished and the Registrar’s responsibilities will be taken over by the British Library board. The changes are expected to take effect from 1 October 2013. The day-to-day running of the scheme will stay with the existing PLR operation in Stockton-on-Tees. Jim Parker, the current Registrar, will remain in post until March 2015, in order to ensure a smooth handover, before he steps down one year early from his five-year contract.
These changes in governance will have no impact on PLR as the right of authors to receive payment for the lending out of their books by public libraries. The PLR Scheme will continue to operate in the usual way after the transfer of responsibilities to the British Library. Authors should continue to register their books for UK and Irish PLR with the PLR office in Stockton.
Click here to read more about the transfer of PLR to the British Library
Click here to read the Society's full response to the DCMS decision to transfer PLR functions
Click here to read our original submission to DCMS
Click here to read our joint letter to the press