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4.6 CONFIDENTIALITY OF LIBRARY RECORDS

In accordance with Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 182.817, the library’s records identifying the names of library patrons with specific materials and records that identify the names of library customers are confidential.


Patron records shall not be made available to anyone except pursuant to such process, court order, or subpoena as may be authorized by law, or in response to a written request of the person identified in that record, or as otherwise permitted by law.


Upon receipt of such process, court order or subpoena, legal counsel shall be made with the Library District’s attorney to determine if such process, court order, or subpoena is in proper form and if there is a showing of good cause for its issuance.


If the process, court order, or subpoena is not in proper form or if good cause has not been shown, insistence shall be made that such defects be cured before any records are released.


Any threats or unauthorized demands, (i.e. those not supported by a process, court order, or subpoena) concerning library patron records shall be reported to the Library Director and to the Board of Trustees of the Library District.


Any problems relating to the privacy of library patron records which are not provided for in the above five paragraphs are to be referred to the Library Director.


For purposes of this policy, library patron records is defined as any document, record, or other method of storing information retained, received or generated by the library that identifies a person or persons as having requested, used, or borrowed library material, and all other records identifying the names of library patrons. Library patron records does not include non-identifying material that may be retained for the purpose of studying or evaluating the circulation of library material in general.

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