• 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, 2020. Notify me when registration opens!

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

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


Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec  -  Grande Bibliothèque, Montréal

Program News

Creator Payments

13 February 2019

The most recent Program results.

PLR Payment and Income Tax - Useful Information for Recipients

13 February 2019

In order to provide some basic information to program registrants concerning the treatment of these payments by the Canada Revenue Agency, we have prepared the following overview.

New for 2019 - Audiobooks are now eligible for PLR Registration

13 February 2019

In recognition of the growing popularity and demand for literary audiobooks in Canadian public libraries, the Public Lending Right Program will open registration this year to credited authors, translators, and narrators who have participated in the creation of an audiobook.