Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records

The policy of the Board of Trustees of the Holdrege Area Public Library is to ensure the privacy of the users of its services and to consider any Library records to be confidential in nature.

Library records are for the sole purpose of protecting public property and are not to be used, directly or indirectly, to identify the types of materials used by individual Library patrons.  Under no circumstances shall the Library staff answer to a third party about what a patron of the Library is reading or the kind of information requested, from the Library’s collection.

No Library records shall be made available to members of the public, press, or any agency of state, federal, or local government, except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized by and pursuant to federal, state or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory powers.

The Board of Trustees and the Library Director shall resist the issuance or enforcement of any such process, order, or subpoena until a proper showing of good cause is made in a court of competent jurisdiction.  Moreover, any cost incurred by the Library in any search through patron records, even under court order, shall be chargeable to the agency demanding such search.

(revised 2/10/03)

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