Privacy Policy

Privacy and confidentiality of library records

Privacy and Confidentiality of Library Records

Library commitment to privacy and confidentiality has deep roots not only in the law, but also in the ethics and practices of librarianship. In accordance with the American Library Association's Code of Ethics,

"We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted."

In accordance with Texas Government Code Section 552.124 of the Public Information Act addressing Records of a library or Library System, Quitman Public Library protects the privacy of patrons by prohibiting access to patron information by third parties. Information about library materials on loan, reserve, or used in the library, as well as personal information, is restricted to the cardholder and will not be disclosed to a third party EXCEPT for the following:

1. As reasonably necessary for the operation of the library;

2. To persons authorized in writing by an adult patron and in possession of that patron's library card: or

3. To a law enforcement agency or a prosecutor under a district court order or subpoena in accordance with Texas Government Code Section 552.124

Information that can be provided to parents upon presentation of their child's library card, to an authorized person as stated above, or by telephone to patrons who provide the name and library card number:

  • The number of items on loan and the due dates
  • Number of books on hold
  • Fines and fees due on the account
  • Due date information about specific items when the titles are provided by the requestor

By default, the library does not maintain prior reading lists on patron accounts. The library takes reasonable steps to assure data integrity.

Quitman Public Library respects the privacy and confidentiality of all library users, no matter their age.

NOTICE: Users may conduct only legal activity while using library resources and services. Nothing in this statement prevents the library from exercising its right to enforce its Rules of Conduct, protect its facilities, network and equipment from harm.

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