3 Jul 2012

Volunteer libraries: can they lend books?

Public Lending Rights are payments made to authors when their books are loaned out by public libraries. Glos County library campaigners have drawn it to the attention of the media again that the 7 libraries set to be volunteer libraries in Gloucestershire fall outside of the statutory provision and so they do not come under the PLR rules. I am wondering how this effects Painswick Library?

This does seem extraordinary. This issue is not new and was raised by campaigners as part of the consultation - where is the guidance from Government and culture minister? See the campaigners blog entry:  http://foclibrary.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/book-lending-rights-do-not-apply-to-volunteer-run-libraries-in-gloucestershire/

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