CONFIDENTIALITY OF LIBRARY RECORDS
The Library considers all circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users with specific materials, all registration, overdue, and delinquent records and all other use of the library including reference, interlibrary loan, and reader services to be confidential in nature. This concept is elementary to the provision of quality library service in a free society. All policies and procedures adopted by the library must comply with the policy of user confidentiality.
Information will not be released to non-staff members from the registration, circulation, or other non-public files of the Library. Requests for information will be filled only with information given in public reference sources such as the telephone directory or the city directory. Staff are allowed to use non-public files for library related procedures and only in compliance with written library policy and procedure.
Non-public library records shall not be made available to 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 law relating to civil, criminal, or investigative power. Upon receipt of such process, order of subpoena, the Library's officers will consult with their legal counsel to determine if such process, order, or subpoena is in proper form and if there is a showing of good cause for its issuance. If the process, order, or subpoena is not in proper form or if good cause has not been shown, they will insist that such defects be cured.
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Additional Information from the Beauregard Parish Library:
|Reference||Your reference questions are confidential and private between you and our staff, regardless of how we receive the question (phone, email, or in-person). Multiple members of staff may be involved in providing your answers, but we will not share your name, contact info, or identifiable question(s) unnecessarily with anyone outside our staff without your explicit permission.|
|Reading History||The Library does not keep a record of your borrowing activities after items are returned unless the item(s) is late, damaged, or lost. In all of these cases, the circulation record is deleted after any applicable charges have been settled.|
|Confidentiality of Patron Records||Information will not be released to non-staff members from the registration, circulation, or other non-public files of the Library. See policy above for further details.|
|E-Learning & 3rd Party Vendors||Library vendors have their own privacy policies. Check individual associated sites (Overdrive, TumbleBooks, Tutor.com, Universal Class, et al) for more information on specific providers' privacy policies. Sites may or may not be HTTPS.|
|Newsletters||Some newsletters, such as Dear Reader's online book clubs, are provided through 3rd party vendors. Please visit their respective privacy policies for more information.|
If you'd like to learn more about online privacy, check out the Virtual Privacy Lab from the San José Public Library.
Helpful publications from the Federal Trade Commission:
- Data Breaches
- Identity Theft
- Online Safety
If you prefer printed copies of these FTC publications, please contact our library. We often have copies on-hand and will always be willing to order more.