NJLA Statement on Privacy

The New Jersey Library Association confirms the right of each individual, regardless of age, to open inquiry and to read, view, listen and use resources without fear of scrutiny by others.

Adopted by the NJLA Executive Board Dec. 19, 2006

Suggested Procedures for Implementing "Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records"

When drafting local policies, libraries should consult with their legal counsel to ensure these policies are based upon and consistent with applicable federal, state*, and local law concerning the confidentiality of library records, the disclosure of public records, and the protection of individual privacy. Suggested procedures include the following:

People's Rights to Libraries

The New Jersey Library Association affirms its belief in the public right to library service - as stated in the following tenets:

1. All people are entitled to free access to the information and knowledge within a library.

2. All people are entitled to obtain current, accurate information on any topic of interest.

3. All people are entitled to courteous, efficient, and prompt service.

4. All people are entitled to assistance by qualified library personnel.

5. All people are entitled to the right of privacy in the selection or use of materials.

NJLA Statement on Searching Patrons

In support of free access to information as traditionally endorsed by NJLA, libraries should not impose obstacles or conditions that would discourage or impede individuals from entering and using the library. Libraries that choose to implement security procedures involving patron searches are encouraged to ensure that the system is related to the specific need or goal of the library and is not related to any informational pursuits of any patron or class of patron. Libraries should also ensure that the system is not overly intrusive, and is consistent in its application.

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