Confidentiality of Records

Livonia Public Library

Confidentiality of Records

 “All records concerning library users and materials used or checked out by users are confidential and will not be made available to any agency of state, federal, or local government or any other person unless a court order requiring disclosure has been entered by a court on competent jurisdiction.  All requests for such information must be referred to the library Director or his/her designee.”

 Adopted

Livonia Public Library

Board of Trustees

Feb. 2002

Approved March 9, 2009

 The Livonia Public Library has adopted the following state law into policy in regards to library records:

 New York State consolidated Laws Civil Practice Law and Rules

Article 45.  Evidence

NY  CLS

4509

Library records, which contain names or other personally identifying details regarding the user of public, free association, school, college and university libraries and library systems of this state, including but not limited to records related to the circulation of library materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, reference queries, requests for photo copies, of library materials, shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of such library and shall be disclosed upon request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.

 Although the Livonia Public Library makes every effort to protect your privacy, under the federal USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56), records of the books and other materials you may borrow from this library may be obtained by federal agents.  That federal law prohibits library workers from informing you if federal agents have obtained records about you. 

 Adopted

Livonia Public Library

Board of Trustees

Approved March 9, 2009

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