Confidentiality of Patron Records

The information contained in the library information system as it pertains to a patron's personal data as well as to a patron's borrowing record shall remain confidential and not be made available. 

(1) Information from a patron's record shall not be divulged to any third party.
(2) The name of the borrower of an item shall not be divulged to any third party.


These policies have been established on the basis of (a) the American Library Association's policy which states:

Librarians must protect each user's right to privacy with respect to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, or acquired. (ALA Policy Manual, Policy 54.15, no.3, pg. 237),

and (b) the New Jersey library confidentiality law, N.J.S.A. 18A:73-43.2. Confidentiality of library user's record

Library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of libraries are confidential and shall not be disclosed except in the following circumstances:

(a) The records are necessary for the proper operation of the library;
(b) Disclosure is requested by the user; or
(c) Disclosure is required pursuant to a subpoena issued by a court or court order.



Revised: August 29, 2012