Alabama Library Laws

 Alabama Statutes: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACASLoginFire.asp

State Library Association: Alabama Library Association

Security Breach Notification Law : NA

Data Disposal Law: NA

Library Records Privacy:

TITLE 41.  STATE GOVERNMENT CHAPTER 8.  ALABAMA PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICE ARTICLE 1.  GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 41-8-9. Definitions

   As used in Section 41-8-10, the term “registration records” includes any information which a library requires a patron to provide in order to become eligible to borrow books and other materials, and the term “circulation records” includes all information which identifies the patrons utilizing particular books and any other library materials in any medium or format.

§ 41-8-10. Confidentiality of registration records

 Registration, etc., records of public libraries to be confidential; right of parents to inspect records.

It is recognized that public library use by an individual should be of confidential nature. Any other provision of general, special or local law, rule or regulation to the contrary notwithstanding, the registration and circulation records and information concerning the use of the public, public school, college and university libraries of this state shall be confidential. Registration and circulation records shall not be open for inspection by, or otherwise available to, any agency or individual except for the following entities: (a) the library which manages the records; (b) the state education department for a library under its jurisdiction when it is necessary to assure the proper operation of such library; or (c) the state Public Library Service for a library under its jurisdiction when it is necessary to assure the proper operations of such library. Aggregate statistics shown from registration and circulation records, with all personal identification removed, may be released or used by a library for research and planning purposes. Provided however, any parent of a minor child shall have the right to inspect the registration and circulation records of any school or public library that pertain to his or her child.

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