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Laws & Law Enforcement Inquiries

Libraries should be familiar with the state laws that govern the confidentiality of library records and create policies and procedures that uphold those laws. These laws should be followed when responding to requests for user data from law enforcement at the local, state, or federal level.

Privacy State Laws

State Privacy Laws

Law Enforcement Inquiries

Law Enforcement Inquiries - Key Concepts

Responding to Law Enforcement Inquiries

Responding to Law Enforcement Inquiries - Suggested Guidelines

Assistance and Consultation

The staff of the Office for Intellectual Freedom is available to answer questions, provide assistance, or consult with policy development to librarians, trustees, educators, and the public about privacy issues and resources. Inquiries can be directed via email to oif@ala.org or via phone at (312) 280-4226.

Updated October 2021