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

Upcoming Events

Feb 01 12:00AM-1920s Community Read
Feb 01 12:00AM-1920s Community Read
Feb 01 12:00AM-1920s Community Read
Mar 08 01:00PM-Virtual Storytime
Mar 08 03:00PM-Pickup Mar Teen Take Out Boxes

Signs of life!

As the snow begins to melt, we see positive signs of brighter days ahead.  Infection rates in town continue to drop and the COVID Committee of the Board of Trustees continues to monitor virus progress in the community.  We have been meeting regularly to evaluate whether conditions are right for re-opening.  As always, the safety of our patrons and staff is of prime importance. 

We are happy to announce that we will once again open to computer use by appointment on Monday, 3/1.  As before, we ask that you make an appointment for a 45 minute slot at least the day before and we will not take advance appointments beyond 1 week.  Social distancing requirements only allow us to make 2 computers available. 

We look forward to safer conditions as vaccinations proceed and will continue to update you as our re-opening plans progress.

377 ELKWOOD AVENUE
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ 07974
908-665-0311