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CHPL Policy Manual

Confidentiality of Patron Records

The Clarksburg Harrison Public Library believes strongly in the patron's First Amendment rights and their Freedom to Read per The ALA Freedom to Read Statement. Circulation and similar records of any public library in West Virginia which identify the user of library materials are not public records but shall be confidential and may not be disclosed except:

  • To members of the library staff in the ordinary course of business;
  • Upon written consent of the user of the library materials or the user's parents or guardian if the user is a minor or ward; or
  • Upon appropriate court order or subpoena

In the second two situations, the Library Director or, if the Director is unavailable, the senior staff member on site should be notified before the information is given out.