The American Library Association Code of Ethics, Article III outlines the ethical obligations of librarians to protect the privacy of library users. Article III states, "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."
Any information collected at the time a patron registers for a library account is confidential, never disclosed to a third party, and utilized strictly for library purposes.
Library staff may not disclose any Personal Identifying Information (PII) about a patron, including:
Patron records may only be disclosed by consent of the patron, or pursuant to a court order or subpoena.
Upon out-processing or expiration of library privileges all patron records are expunged.
The library website gathers statistical data on online user behavior which is used to evaluate user experience and improve services. Statistics gathered include page visits, link clicks, referring website, and the browser, operating system, and type of device used. This is in no way associated with an individual and is strictly utilized to inform content and design decisions.
While the library does not track individual user search habits or disclose PII, such privacy cannot be assured when using a government computer system or any information patrons provide to third parties.