Public Lending Right Program

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The Canada Council for the Arts distributes annual payments to Canadian authors through the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program as compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries.

Who can register?
Authors, illustrators and photographers, translators, anthology contributors and editors with an eligible contribution to a book can register. The Program is open to Canadian citizens or persons with a Permanent Resident of Canada status.

What is eligible?
Works of fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature, general nonfiction and scholarly books are eligible. Specific criteria apply in each genre.

What is not eligible?
Ineligible categories of works include how-to books, guide books, bibliographies, compilations and textbooks.

When can I register?
Registration is open from February 15th to May 1st each year.

How are payments determined?
Eligible titles are checked annually against the holdings of a selection of Canadian public libraries. It is the title’s presence in one or more of these libraries that produces a payment.

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