Confidentiality of Library Records

The Albany Public Library respects the privacy and confidentiality of all library customers regarding information related to the use of the Library.

Under State law, library records which contain names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of public libraries, including but not limited to records related to the circulation of library materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, reference queries, requests for photocopies of library materials, title reserve requests, or the use of audio-visual materials, films or records, shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of such library and shall be disclosed upon request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.

The Library Director or his/her designee is the sole library representative authorized to receive and comply with requests for those library records which are protected by law. Library staff and volunteers are required to refer any requests for records or information relating to records to the Library Director or his/her designee. The Albany Public Library does not make library records available to any person or any agency of state, federal, or local government unless a subpoena, warrant, court order is issued pursuant to law. Before complying with any such requests, the Library’s legal counsel is consulted to determine the proper response.

Inquiries regarding this policy or requests for a printed copy should be directed to: Director, Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York, 12210, (518) 427-4300.

Written on: February 19, 2009
Date of Adoption: May 12, 2009

Last updated: December 12, 2012
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