Posted on Oct 23, 1990 in Formal Opinions

Opinion Letter No. 90-30
October 23, 1990
Circulation Records of Library Patrons

[OIP Op. Ltr. No. 05-03 partially overrules this opinion to the extent that it states or implies that the UIPA’s privacy exception in section 92F-13(1), HRS, either prohibits public disclosure or mandates confidentiality.]

The circulation records of public libraries are not available for public inspection and copying to avoid a clearly unwarranted invasion of a library patron’s personal privacy. However, the disclosure of information concerning amounts assessed to or owed by the library patrons for library fines would not result in a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

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