Tennessee Library Laws

Tennessee Statutes : http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislation/

State Library Association: Tennessee Library Association

Security Breach Notification Law : Tenn. Code § 47-18-2107, 2010 S.B. 2793

Data Disposal Law: NA

Library Records Privacy:

TENNESSEE CODE TITLE 10.  PUBLIC LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES AND RECORDS CHAPTER 8. CONFIDENTIALITY OF LIBRARY RECORDS Tenn. Code Ann. § 10-8-101 – § 10-8-103
§ 10-8-101.  Definitions

    As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
   
(1)  "Library" means:
      
(A)  A library that is open to the public and established or operated by:
         
(i)  The state, a county, city, town, school district or any other political subdivision of the state;
         
(ii)  A combination of governmental units or authorities;
         
(iii)  A university or community college; or
      
(B)  Any private library that is open to the public; and
   
(2)  "Library record" means a document, record, or other method of storing information retained by a library that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific information or materials from such library. "Library record" does not include nonidentifying material that may be retained for the purpose of studying or evaluating the circulation of library materials in general.

§ 10-8-102.  Disclosure prohibited — Exceptions

   (a)  Except as provided in subsection (b), no employee of a library shall disclose any library record that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific materials, information, or services or as having otherwise used such library. Such library records shall be considered an exception to the provisions of § 10-7-503.
(b)  Library records may be disclosed under the following circumstances:
   
(1)  Upon the written consent of the library user;
   
(2)  Pursuant to the order of a court of competent jurisdiction; or
   
(3)  When used to seek reimbursement for or the return of lost, stolen, misplaced or otherwise overdue library materials.

§ 10-8-103.  Applicability

    The provisions of this chapter shall apply to libraries included within the provisions of chapters 1 and 3-5 of this title.

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