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2019 Trial Implementation of Public Lending Right in National Public Libraries


The system of Public Lending Right (PLR) is the collaborative system between our government and libraries, in which the general public can borrow books from libraries, and our government can offer subsidies to authors and publishers. This systems originated from northern European countries in the 1940’s. In 1946, Denmark was the very first nation which carried out PLR. Premier SU of the Executive Yuan expressed that the PLR system will be implemented in order to offer a much more reasonable guarantee of rights to authors and publishers, so as to encourage their creativity. The National Library of Public Information and the National Taiwan Library will carry out PLR first.

The trial operation period of PLR is from January 1st, 2020 to December 31, 2022, which is jointly conducted and planned by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education, with the mission of our government carrying out the core value of public libraries and encouraging cultural creation. While establishing public libraries to provide the public services of lending books, our government also undertakes the joint operational measures for promoting knowledge and rewarding creators. The aforementioned measures are expected to guarantee compensation for creators’ rights under our comprehensive cultural policies. It is hoped that through the implementation of PLR, our nation’s support to cultural creators is fully declared, so as to promote reading, and as well as to facilitate the development of publishing.