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Confidentiality of Patron Records

Patrons of the library have certain rights with regard to their use of library facilities and services.  Records of patron use of library materials or services are confidential per NJSA 18A:73-43.1.  Library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of the Library are confidential and shall not be disclosed except in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:73-43.2.

 

Records of patron use of library resources may include:

Circulation records

Workstation and server logs

Security videos

Information sought or received

Database search records

Interlibrary loan records

Reference requests

Program registration information

Sign up sheets

Patron material complaint forms

Patron suggestion forms

Emails

Voicemails

Correspondence about patron’s library use

Any other such record with personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, programs or services as may be accumulated in the course of doing library business.

 

In the event a patron fails to return materials, the library may disclose circulation information and correspondence to appropriate legal authorities involved in securing the return of or payment for these materials

 

Staff is authorized to request identification from library users as necessary and appropriate for use of library services. Such information is considered confidential. Refusal to identify oneself may be grounds for denial of service.

 

Staff will cooperate fully with law enforcement to the extent allowed by law, but all requests to identify persons with respect to their use of library materials and services will be referred to the Library Director.

 

If the Library has cause to believe that a criminal act has been committed on Library property or with Library resources, Administration will cooperate with law enforcement officials to obtain proper court orders for the release of such confidential library records as may be necessary for a criminal investigation and prosecution.

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