Confidentiality of Library Records

The following is excerpted from the Haysville Community Library's Policy Manual. The Policy Manual is available in full at the library.

Because the library must maintain trust with members of the public, the Board of Trustees of the Haysville Community Library shall make every reasonable and responsible effort to see that information about the patron and the individual information choices remain confidential. For people to make full and effective use of Library resources, they must feel unconstrained by the possibility of others being aware of the books they read, the materials they use, and the questions they ask.

Therefore, the Board of Trustees of the Haysville Community Library has adopted the following guidelines concerning the disclosure of information about Library patrons. No information shall be disclosed regarding or including:

  1. A patron's name (or whether an individual is a registered borrower, or has been a patron)
  2. A patron's address
  3. A patron's telephone number
  4. The library's circulation records and their contents
  5. The library's borrowers records and their contents
  6. The number or characters of questions asked by a patron

The frequency or content of a patron’s visit to the library or any other information supplied to the library (or gathered by it) shall not be given, made available or disclosed to any individual, corporation, institution, or government agency without a valid process order or subpoena. Upon presentation of such a process order or subpoena, the library shall resist its enforcement until such time as a proper showing or good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction.