Patron Records Confidentiality Policy

The Dartmouth Public Libraries is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information as well as information regarding your individual use of services. The following policy addresses some specific privacy concerns.

Dartmouth Public Libraries adheres to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 78, Section 7 which states that library records shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except to the extent necessary for the proper operation of the library and shall be disclosed only upon request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where required by statute. The Dartmouth Public Libraries will not sell, lease, or share any personal information to outside parties unless required by law.

Personal information gathered such as name, address, phone number and email address are gathered for the purpose of identification and accountability for use of library materials.