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Confidentiality of Patron Records

The contents of library records are protected from public disclosure by the General Laws of Massachusetts which state

"[t]hat part of the records of a public library which reveals the identity and intellectual pursuits of a person using such library shall not be a public record."

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 78, Section 7

Library records are defined as records in any form that are maintained by the Trial Court Law Libraries and that contain any of the following types of information:

Library records may not be disclosed except to:

Information that does not identify an individual and that is retained for the purpose of studying or evaluating the use of the libraries is not considered confidential and is not subject to this policy.

Revised 12/9/2004