Administrative Read Reference

Public Libraries and the Law

Library Records Confidentiality Act

The Library Records Confidentiality Act [75 ILCS 70/1] provides that registration and circulation records of a library are to be confidential and cannot be published or made available to the public except by a court order, or the rare example of someone’s personal health and safety requiring that a sworn law enforcement officer be given the information of an individual’s name and address based on a sworn statement by the officer of such need. Statistical reports of circulation and registration may be published if the reports do not identify particular individuals. [75 ILCS 70/1 (b)].