The Library will comply with NJSA 47:1A-1 et seq.,(“ the Open Public Records Act”).
All government records, as defined in N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, are subject to inspection, copying and examination unless exempt in accordance with the Open Public Records Act, another statute, any document deemed confidential or non-disclosable, and Executive Order of the Governor, resolution of either or both houses of the Legislature, rules of court, any federal law, federal regulation or federal order.
The Act provides that any person has the right to make an oral or written request to inspect, copy or receive copies of public records. The request must describe the record sufficiently to enable the library to find the record.
On behalf of the Library Trustees, the Library Director will act as “Custodian of Records.” All requests to view government records must be in writing on the form entitled “ Request for Access to Government Information form”, which is available at the Circulation Desk. This form should be delivered to the Custodian of Records.
The Act also provides that the Library may make a charge for the time required in locating the document and for the cost of duplication. Accordingly, the cost for pages 1-10 will be $.75 per page, for pages 11-20 $.50 per page and any pages over #20, $.25 per page.
A person who is denied access to a government record may institute a challenge to the Custodian of Record’s decision in Superior Court or in lieu of filing an action in Superior Court, file a complaint with the Government Records Council.
The meetings of the Library Trustees shall be held in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., (the “Open Public Meetings Act.”).
The Records Custodian for all library related documentation is the Library Director. The Library Director can be reached 609-967-7156. All information requests covered by the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) should be submitted using the Request for Access to Government Information form. Send completed forms to Director, Avalon Free Public Library, 235-32nd Street, Avalon, NJ 08202. Forms can also be faxed to 609-967-4723. If your request is turned down, you may appeal by using the following procedure. For more information concerning access to government information, contact the New Jersey Government Records Council.