Confidential Library Records Policy

The Confidential Library Records Act (South Carolina Code of Law 60-4-10) that was passed by the South Carolina Legislature and signed by the Governor on May 22, 1985 states that it is unlawful to disclose Library records "which by themselves or when examined with other public records would reveal the identity of the library patron checking out or requesting an item from the library or using other library services..."

However the records of library materials you borrow or use can be disclosed to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system; persons authorized, in writing, by the library patron to inspect their personal records; in accordance with proper judicial order; or in compliance with the USA PATRIOT (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) Act of 2001 (PL 107-56) regarding terrorist activities.

Original policy adopted:

February 25, 2002


October 21, 2003
November 16, 2005

Approved by Libraries Administrative Council:

November 16, 2005

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