Confidentiality of Records

Policy on Disclosure of Patron Records

The Martin Luther College Library follows the Minnesota State Law, which exempts libraries from public disclosure of “data that link a library patron’s name with materials requested or borrowed by the patron or that link a patron’s name with a specific subject about which the patron has requested information or materials; or data in applications for borrower cards, other than the name of the borrower.” Section 13.40 Minnesota Statutes 2007

Patron information is strictly confidential. It is for the use of library staff only; it can, of course, be disclosed to the patron. With respect to this statute, the MLC Library staff has on rare occasions deemed it necessary to make a particular item’s holder known to a professor who has an immediate need for the material.