Public Records Requests

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ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS

The Meridian Library District (District) is a public entity and as such, disclosure of public records is governed by Idaho Code. The following information is intended to provide guidance to Trustees and District Staff, as well as patrons and the general public, regarding making essential and non essential documents related to the history, business, and operations of the District available upon proper request. Pursuant to Idaho Code, Section §74-103 a public records request must clearly indicate that it is a public records request.

Meridian Library District's records include information that is retained for a variety of purposes and pursuant to Idaho Code, Sections §§ 74-106 and 74-108, certain personnel records and identifying information about patrons, staff, and contributors may be subject to exemption from disclosure. For further information, guidance, and applicable policy and procedure, reference should be made to the provisions of the Public Records Act, found in Idaho Code, Sections §§ 74-101 through 74-126. A request may not be fulfilled if there is no existing record.

In responding to public record requests, the District has a dual responsibility of respecting the public right to examine and copy records subject to disclosure, as well as following the directives of the law pertaining to records which are exempt from disclosure. Statistical circulation information that does not identify any particular person may be made available for examination and copying.

If a request for a record is denied, in whole or in part, the District shall notify the person making the request in writing, or by email. This notification will indicate whether the District’s attorney has been consulted and reviewed the request, identify the statutory authority for the denial, and give information about the appeals process which is to initiate proceedings in district court. The Library Director serves as custodian of the records of Meridian Library District. The alternative for contingencies shall be an Assistant Director.

PROCEDURE FOR REQUESTING A PUBLIC RECORD

  1. To ensure compliance with the law, those making requests are to utilize the District’s Public Record Request form. The form is available on the District’s website using the online submission form or may be submitted to the Library Director or by email as a PDF to director@mld.org.
  2. Ordinarily, a request for records will be granted or denied, in whole or part, within three (3) working days. If a longer time is required to locate or retrieve the requested records, or to determine whether the request can be granted, the person making the request shall be notified in writing.
  3. Examination and/or copies of the records subject to public disclosure will be provided within ten (10)  working days, beginning on the working day following the submission of the request. If no response is provided within ten (10) working days, the request will be deemed to be denied.

FEES

Except for fees that are authorized or prescribed under other provisions of Idaho law, no fee shall be charged for the first two (2) hours of labor in responding to a Public Records Request or for copying the first one hundred (100) pages of public records requested. The District has established fees to recover the actual costs associated with locating and copying documents if:

  • The request is for more than one hundred (100) pages of paper records
  • The request includes records from which nonpublic information must be deleted.
  • The actual labor associated with responding to the request exceeds two (2) person hours.

Pursuant to Idaho Code §74-102, the District has established the following Public Records Request
Fee Schedule:

Idaho Code Reference Type of Work Involved Charges
74-102(10)(a) Photocopying less than 100 pages on standard 8 ½ x 11 paper where no redaction of confidential  information is required No charge
74-102 (10)(b),(c),(e) Photocopying more than 100 pages on standard 8 ½ x 11 paper $.10 per page (black & white)
$.50 per page (color) & labor
74-102 (10)(c),(e) Photocopying on paper other than standard 8 ½ x 11 paper (e.g. blueprints, maps, etc.) Actual copying cost & labor
74-102 (10)(c) Retrieval of archived information Out of pocket cost & labor rate to be determined at time request is submitted, if applicable
74-102 (10)(b),(c),(e) Request includes records from which non-public information must be redacted $.10 per page (black & white)
$.50 per page (color) & labor
74-102 (10)(b),(c),(e) Where actual labor associated with locating and
photocopying/printing hard copy and/or electronic documents equals or exceeds two (2) person
hours
$.10 per page (black & white)
$.50 per page (color) & labor
74-102 (10)(c) Where the District incurs out of pocket costs required for providing the requested records Actual out of pocket cost
74-102 (10)(d),(i) Transfer of documentation in the form of computer tapes, discs, microfilm, or similar record media or electronic storage device Actual copying cost & labor
74-102 (10)(c) Where copies of records are mailed or shipped Actual cost if greater than $5

Depending on the request, the District may not be able to determine the total labor cost rate until the documents are retrieved and reviewed.


If the request includes a public record otherwise exempt information from request requiring deletions or redactions in consultation with the District’s attorney, or requires the advice of our attorney on possible exemptions, fees will be charged at the usual and customary billing rate of the District’s attorney.

  • If the request includes non-public information requiring deletions or redactions in consultation with the Library’s attorney, or requires the advice of our attorney on possible exemptions, fees will be charged at the usual and customary billing rate of the District’s attorney.

Idaho sales tax, where applicable, shall be assessed on copy fees and the District’s out-of-pocket costs.

In certain instances, addressed in Idaho Code, Section §74-102, the requesting party may be exempt from paying such charges. In determining if fees are owed, the District will combine the total staff time required in responding to multiple requests on the same or related subjects. A requestor may not file multiple requests to avoid payment of fees. An itemized statement explaining any assessed fees will be provided to the requesting person. The District will require advanced payment of fees based on the schedule above.


Adopted by the Meridian Library District Board of Trustees February 21, 2018.

Revised November 15, 2023.

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