Library Records Policy

Butler Public Library overseas state and federal laws regarding the disclosure of personal information in library records.

Butler Public Library specifically recognizes that its records are confidential in nature. Confidential records include but are not limited to circulation records, registration records, reference requests, reference and Internet searches, computer signup sheets and interlibrary loan requests.

Legislation such as the USA Patriot Act expands the scope of inquiries by law enforcement into library records, but library users’ rights to privacy and confidentiality remain unchanged.

All library workers are advised that confidential records shall not be made available to private citizens or any agency of state, federal or local government, except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state, or local lock retaining to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or investigatory power.

In the event of a request for information about a confidential record, from a federal, state, or local agency, staff should contact the library director or designate. The director will request legal advice from the village’s attorney. No action should be taken without the director’s authorization.

The Butler Public Library resists the issuance of enforcement of any such process, order, or subpoena until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction.