State Laws on the Confidentiality of Library Records

State Laws by Type of Library


Table1: What Type of Law and Which Libraries are Covered?

State
Open Records Law or FOIA
Library Specific Law
Public Library
Public Academic Library
Public School Library
Special Library
Private Library Open to Public
Any Library Using Public Funds
Alabama
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes



Alaska

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes


Yes
Arizona

Yes





Yes
Arkansas

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
California
Yes
Yes





Yes
Colorado
Yes
Yes





Yes
Connecticut

Yes
Yes


Yes
Yes

Delaware
Yes

Yes





District of Columbia

Yes
Yes





Florida

Yes
Yes





Georgia

Yes
Yes





Hawaii


Yes





Idaho
Yes

Yes





Illinois

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes


Indiana
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes



Iowa
Yes

Yes





Kansas
Yes

Yes





Kentucky


Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Louisiana

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
Maine

Yes
Yes
Yes




Maryland
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Maybe


Massachusetts

Yes
Yes





Michigan

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Minnesota

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes



Mississippi

Yes





Yes
Missouri

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Montana

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Nebraska
Yes






Yes
Nevada

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

New Hampshire
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
New Jersey

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
New Mexico

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes


Yes
New York

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Maybe
Maybe

North Carolina

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

North Dakota
Yes






Yes
Ohio

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes


Oklahoma

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
Oregon
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Pennsylvania

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes



Rhode Island
Yes

Yes





South Carolina
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes


Yes
South Dakota

Yes
Yes





Tennessee

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Texas
Yes






Yes
Utah
Yes






Yes
Vermont
Yes

Yes





Virginia
Yes

Yes





Washington
Yes

Yes
Probably
Probably
Probably
Probably

West Virginia

Yes
Yes





Wisconsin

Yes
Yes




Yes
Wyoming
Yes

Yes





State
Open Records Law or FOIA
Library Specific Law
Public Library
Public Academic Library
Public School Library
Special Library
Private Library Open to Public
Any Library Using Public Funds


Open Records Laws or FOIA = comprehensive laws regarding access to records of public organizations

Library Specific Law = sectoral laws focusing upon privacy issues regarding library records

Public Library = Open to the public and designed for use by the general public

Public Academic Library = University or College supported by tax monies

Public School Library = K-12

Special Library = government departments, legislative, corporate, or other private libraries

Private Library Open to Public = Examples: private university/college, corporate, law society, etc.

Any Library Using Public Funds



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Page created June, 2005.
Last updated May 5, 2008.