"Moreover," it continues, "you are not supposed to read the book, or even skim through the contents, prior to that date."
Libraries that violate the restrictions won't get early copies of forthcoming "Harry Potter" titles.
A tad heavy-handed for librarians, who, after all, are not noted for being the most cowboy-like of professionals? Not at all, says a Scholastic spokesman.
"We're just reminding them, in the nicest way possible-verbally and in writing-how important it is [for the book to remain] secure, so that it doesn't get out there," he said, adding "Sometimes you have to be really specific [for all involved] to get the message."