• Supporting Authors

    Over 17,000 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.

Registration is currently closed.

Registration opens February 15, 2023. Notify me when registration opens!

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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

Naomi Wakan

February blues . . . overcoming my writer’s block the annual PLR cheque inside, a PLR cheque first sign of Spring how generous a land that supports its writers so

-Naomi Wakan, Poet, Essayist
Gabriola BC


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Program News

Message from the Chair of the PLR Commission

28 February 2022

In last year’s message, I said, “the last year has been hard on the literary community and the arts world in general.” This time around, I am afraid I should say years instead.

Creator Payments 2021-22

28 February 2022

The most recent Program results.

Public Lending Right Annual Report 2020-21

10 June 2021

This report provides details of the $14.8M author payment budget, the delivery of the program during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the arrival of new Commission members. The report also features a photographic survey of Cliff Eyland’s public art installations inside libraries across Canada, and contains the statistical activity report for 2020-21.

Download this report PDF | 8.3 MB