New Hampshire Library Laws

New Hampshire Statutes : http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/indexes/default.html

State Library Association: New Hampshire Library Association

Security Breach Notification Law : N.H. Rev. Stat. §§ 359-C:19, -C:20, -C:21

Data Disposal Law: NA

Library Records Privacy :

NEW HAMPSHIRE REVISED STATUTES TITLE VI.  PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES CHAPTER 91-A.  ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS AND MEETINGS RSA 91-A:5  
§ 91-A:5. Exemptions

   The records of the following bodies are exempted from the provisions of this chapter:
I. Grand and petit juries.
II. Parole and pardon boards.
III. Personal school records of pupils.
IV. Records pertaining to internal personnel practices; confidential, commercial, or financial information; test questions, scoring keys, and other examination data used to administer a licensing examination, examination for employment, or academic examinations; and personnel, medical, welfare, library user, videotape sale or rental, and other files whose disclosure would constitute invasion of privacy. Without otherwise compromising the confidentiality of the files, nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a body or agency from releasing information relative to health or safety from investigative files on a limited basis to persons whose health or safety may be affected.
V. Teacher certification records, both hard copies and computer files, in the department of education, provided that the department shall make available teacher certification status information.
VI. Records pertaining to matters relating to the preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions, including training to carry out such functions, developed by local or state safety officials that are directly intended to thwart a deliberate act that is intended to result in widespread or severe damage to property or widespread injury or loss of life.

TITLE XVI LIBRARIES CHAPTER 201-D STATEWIDE LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM
RSA 201-D:11
§ 201-D:11 Library User Records; Confidentiality.

I. Library records which contain the names or other personal identifying information regarding the users of public or other than public libraries shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except as provided in paragraph II. Such records include, but are not limited to, library, information system, and archival records related to the circulation and use of library materials or services.
II. Records described in paragraph I may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of such libraries and shall be disclosed upon request by or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order, or where otherwise required by statute.
III. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit any library from releasing statistical information and other data regarding the circulation or use of library materials provided, however, that the identity of the users of such library materials shall be considered confidential and shall not be disclosed to the general public except as provided in paragraph II.

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