Public Lending Right

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th June 2013.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she is considering extending the public lending right to (a) ebooks whether borrowed remotely or on library premises, (b) audio books borrowed remotely or on library premises and (c) all volunteer libraries; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government response to William Sieghart’s review of e-lending in public libraries in England was published on 27 March 2013 and sets out the Government's position in terms of extending public lending right (PLR) to audiobooks and e-books:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/an-independent-review-of-e-lending-in-public-libraries-in-england

Any proposal for the potential extension of PLR will be communicated in due course, following full consideration of this matter.

A statement relating to how PLR applies to community-supported libraries is available on the Government's website on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/public-lending-right-how-it-applies

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