Patron Confidentiality Policy

It is a basic right of every individual to read what he or she wishes without fear of censure or legal consequences.  These rights are reaffirmed in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read statement.  All persons also have the right to privacy.  The library will protect each user’s right to privacy with respect to all information required for registration and for information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed or acquired.  Such records will not be made available to any individual, organization, or government agency except pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:73 – 43.2.  The law and this policy do not differ because of the age of the library user, or because of the relationship between the library user and the person requesting the information.  Even to law enforcement officials, disclosure will not be made unless a subpoena is issued or the other requirements are met.  Staff should feel free to refer questions to supervisors. 

 N.J.S.A.  18A:73 – 43.2.  Confidentiality of library users’ records 

Library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of libraries are confidential and shall not be disclosed except in the following circumstances:

  1. The records are necessary for the proper operation of the library;
  2. Disclosure is requested by the user; or
  3. Disclosure is required pursuant to a subpoena issued by a court or court order.
  4. L. 1985, c. 172, 2, eff. May 31, 1985.

Revised May 20, 2003

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