See also Code of Iowa, Chapter 22, Examination of Public Records (Open Records) and Section 22.7, Confidential Records.
Confidentiality of library records is central to intellectual freedom and directly related to the ability of citizens to use library materials and pursue information without fear of intimidation. The purpose of this policy is to explain how the Library will respond to requests for information about library users.
Access to Records
The Swisher Community Library Board of Trustees recognizes that library circulation records and other records identifying specific users are confidential in nature. No individual except authorized library staff shall have access to circulation or patron records other than his or her own without the cardholder's consent.
Confidentiality extends to information sought or received and materials consulted, borrowed, or acquired and includes Internet and electronic resource search records; reference interviews and transactions, circulation records, interlibrary loan records, and other personally identifiable uses of library materials, equipment or services.
Contact information for displays and meetings is provided by the user and considered public information.
Persons attending library programs or public meetings may be videotaped or photographed as an audience member. These images may be used for library programming or promotion, including the Library website, the Internet, and other media.
The Library cannot guarantee the confidentiality of information sought or received, or materials consulted or borrowed from third-party digital services to which we provide access.
Approved 3/28/2016 Reviewed and Approved 8/13/2019