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Policies: Confidentiality of Library Records

This guide is a companion to the 4CLS Policy Webinar series.

Confidentiality of Library Records Policies

The New York State Confidentiality of Library Records Law protects the privacy rights of library users. 

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New York State Law

Required by the New York State Library: Confidentiality of Library Records—All public and association libraries are required to keep library records confidential according to Civil Practice Laws and Rules, §4509.

 CVP § 4509. Library records
 Library records, which contain names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of public, free association, school, college and university libraries and library systems of this state, including but not limited to records related to the circulation of library materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, reference queries, requests for photocopies of library materials, title reserve requests, or the use of audio-visual materials, films or records, shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of such library and shall be disclosed upon request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.