• Supporting Authors

    More than 18,000 Canadian authors receive a payment each year

  • Celebrating Libraries

    We support and celebrate public access to Canadian content in libraries

  • Enriching Readers and Listeners

    The lives of readers and listeners are enriched by works that benefit from PLR payments

Edmonton Public Library – Mill Woods Branch

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.

Direct Deposit to Replace PLR Cheques in 2024: Sign Up Process for all Eligible PLR Program Registrants Now Underway

News release

Registration is currently closed.

Registration opens February 15, 2024. Notify me when registration opens!

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Ann Yu-Kyung 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 Yu-Kyung Choi, Author
Toronto ON

Anita Anand

As an author and literary translator of books published by small presses with limited marketing budgets, I depend on libraries to make my work available to a broader audience across Canada. The support from the PLR means so much more to me; it is not just any cheque!

-Anita Anand, Author and translator
Saint-Lambert QC


Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec  -  Grande Bibliothèque, Montréal

Program News

Public Lending Right Annual Report 2022-23

21 September 2023

This report provides details of the $14.8M author payment budget, the expansion of the program’s catalogue sampling exercise to include data from 40 distinct public library networks across Canada, and the initial work to introduce electronic payment/direct deposit for PLR recipients. The report also features an illustrated celebration of the renewal and expansion of the Stanley A. Milner branch of Edmonton Public Library.

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PLR Direct Deposit—It’s Safe, Secure and Makes Sense

21 August 2023

In February 2024, the next round of Public Lending Right (PLR) payments will be issued to eligible program registrants.

Message from the Chair of the PLR Commission

14 February 2023

I don’t think you can be chair of the Public Lending Right Commission without having not only a love of books, but a love of libraries.