Recently the issue of the privacy of personal information has dominated the news as we question who is gathering our personal information and how that information is used. The Palatine Public Library District, as a public body, is subject to and guided by the provisions of several State laws which establish the Library’s duties and responsibilities in many areas including tax levying, maintenance of property, and management of funds. The Library Records Confidentiality Act, an important State law governing Illinois public libraries, mandates that library registration and circulation records are confidential and are not available to the public. These records may not be disclosed without a court order or, in emergency circumstances, when a sworn law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that “an imminent danger of physical harm” exists which requires a release of identifying in information.
“The Library’s commitment to privacy and confidentiality has deep roots not only in law but also in the ethics and practices of librarianship. In accordance with the spirit of the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics, the Library protects each user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to services sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, utilized, or transmitted.”
Bruce Jefferson, Trustee