Definition of public lending right in English:

public lending right

(also PLR)

Pronunciation /ˈˌpəblik ˈlendiNG ˌrīt/ /ˈˌpəblɪk ˈlɛndɪŋ ˌraɪt/


  • (in the UK) the right of authors to receive payment when their books or other works are loaned out by public libraries.

    ‘I can't say that it was a bestseller, but it was bought by quite a few public libraries, and the public lending right payments show that it is being read.’
    • ‘I know that the books are read, because I receive income from the public lending right scheme.’
    • ‘This novel has tremendous narrative grip and has commanded a readership second only to Watership Down in the public lending right figures.’