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March: Library Chart Toppers

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from March 2009.

Most borrowed authors in March 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

2. Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

3. Daisy Meadows; illustrated by Georgie Ripper

4. James Patterson

5. Maeve Binchy

6. Roger Hargreaves

7. J.K. Rowling

8. Dav Pilkey

9. Cecelia Ahern

10. Judi Curtin; illustrated by Woody Fox

Children’s books continue to be extremely popular with Irish readers. Seven of the Top 10 authors for March are children’s authors. Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants series features in our Top 10 list of authors for the first time. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series continues to feature in our Top 10 list of authors for the third consecutive month. Judi Curtin, author of the Alice and Megan series features in our Top 10 list for the first time.

Books by Irish authors continue to be popular with Irish library users with both Maeve Binchy and Cecilia Ahern in the Top 10 list.

Most Borrowed titles in March 2009

1. Official Driver Theory Test- Prometric/Road Safety Authority

2. The boy in the striped pyjamas- John Boyne

3. Heart and soul- Maeve Binchy

4. The secret scripture- Sebastian Barry

5. Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter- Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

6. This charming man- Marian Keyes

7. My sister Jodie- Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

8. Dracula- Bram Stoker

9. The gift- Cecelia Ahern

10. A thousand splendid suns- Khaled Hosseini

The author of the most borrowed book, however, won’t get anything from PLR! The Official Driver Theory Test was the most borrowed book for the third consecutive month, but official publications are not eligible for payment.

PLR Launch Photos

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Cllr. Mark Dearey, Chairman of the Library Council, Author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Minister of State Michael Kitt, TD at the PLR Launch

Cllr. Mark Dearey, Chairman of the Library Council, Author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Minister of State Michael Kitt, TD. 

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Standing L-R: Jean Harrington, Maverick House Publishing, Samantha Holman, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency, Cllr. Mark Dearey, Chairman of the Library Council, Minister of State Michael Kitt, TD and Author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne.

Seated L-R: Sarah Bannon, Arts Council and Conor Kostick, Irish Writers Union.

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L-R: Ruth Flanagan, Cork County Librarian, Author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Cllr.

Minister encourages authors to register for PLR

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Authors have even more reason to cheer during Library Ireland Week this year, with the announcement that they may now apply to receive payments when their books are borrowed from public libraries.

The Public Lending Remuneration Scheme (PLR) was established at the end of last year with funding provided by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Authors (and illustrators and translators) who register their books with the Library Council, who are managing the scheme, may be eligible to receive a payment each time the book is borrowed from one of the country’s 358 public libraries.

Speaking at the Library Council today [3rd March 2009], Minister of State Michael Kitt, TD, thanked the library services for their co-operation in getting the scheme underway. ‘Public libraries have started providing the Library Council with details of what books they lend each month and I’m delighted that the Library Council is now inviting authors to register for the scheme. The Department is pleased to be able to support writers through the PLR’.

There are 14 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in 12.5 million loans of books.

Conor Kostick of the Irish Writers’ Union welcomed PLR, remarking that ‘Writers value the role of libraries and will continue to co-operate with librarians in promoting Irish literature. In addition to providing some money to authors, which is always welcome, the PLR scheme will give writers information about where and by whom their books are being read and all authors find that kind of feedback very encouraging’.

Many Irish authors receive PLR payments from the UK, where a scheme has been in operation since 1979.

The Irish Scheme is closely modelled on the UK one, and according to Cllr. Mark Dearey, Chairman of the Library Council, the UK authorities have been of great assistance in the establishment of the scheme here: ‘We have a close working relationship with the PLR office in the UK and I want to thank them for their the advice and support they have given to us’.

Submitting her own registration form at the Library Council, author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne remarked: ‘The part libraries play in disseminating books, often long after they have gone out of print, is crucial. My guess is that libraries will be even more used in the future. That authors will now benefit thanks to the implementation of PLR in Ireland is wonderful.