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Harvard University Library Notes / May 2006 / No. 1331
Requests for Library Information from Outside Investigators
The Harvard University Library includes all of Harvard's faculty, departmental, and special libraries, and its archival repositories. The University Library respects and protects the privacy of its patrons and endeavors to maintain the library as an open forum for people and ideas. However, it must comply with all legitimate requests for information by government investigators and law enforcement officers.
While each library, or, in the case of HCL, each group of libraries, may develop specific instructions for responding to requests for information, the following overall guidelines apply to all of Harvard's libraries:
The OGC and HUPD will validate the credentials of the requestor and, together with your supervisor, will handle the disposition of the request.
The preceding statement was adopted by Harvard's University Library Council on March 16, 2006. For further information, contact your faculty librarian.