• Over 17,000


  • $50 to $3,000

    Payment range

  • $10M

    Received by creators

Halifax Central Library

The Public Lending Right (PLR) Program sends yearly payments to creators whose works are in Canada’s public libraries. The PLR Commission oversees the program.

Registration is Open!

Sign up for the program or register new titles and editions

Deadline: 1 May 2018

Who can sign up?

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Already Signed up?

Ann YK Choi

As a high school teacher, I’ve always encouraged young people to visit public libraries. Now, as a published author, I’m thankful to the PLR program that financially benefits Canadian creators whose works are available for the enjoyment of all.

-Ann YK Choi, Author
Toronto ON

Mr. Heighton

The PLR is arguably the most important program in the country for published writers--especially those who don't have a regular salary from another source--because it comes through like clockwork, year after year.

- Steven Heighton, Author
Kingston ON


Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Program News

25 Year Limit on Registrations Provides Fairness to New Titles and Creators

15 February 2018

Important changes are coming to the PLR Program in 2018 and 2019. Find out if the 25-year cap on payments affects you.

Creator Payments

14 February 2018

The most recent Program results.

Public Lending Right Annual Report 2016-2017

9 June 2017

This report includes information about the revision of the program Constitution and Commission membership system and the inclusion of ebooks, as well as the statistical activity report for 2017-2018. 

Download this report PDF | 1.2 MB