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Library records should not be released or made available in any format to a law enforcement officer or any other person unless a court order (e.g. a subpoena or a search warrant) has been entered by a court of competent jurisdiction after a showing of good cause by the law enforcement agency or person seeking the records.
The Ohio Revised Code defines a library record as "a record in any form that is maintained by a library and that contains any of the following types of information:
In specific terms, a library record includes: patron records, acquisition records, and interlibrary loan requests. Email, verbal comments, and printed reports could also fit the definition of library record if made or provided for the purposes identified above.
Reviewed by University Counsel
Approved by University Libraries Council 8/7/2002