Adopted by the Eagle Public Library Board of Trustees, September 20, 2017
Reviewed and Reaffirmed, March 15, 2023
The Eagle Public Library is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of our patrons’ personal information and upholds the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics which states:
We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.
The library takes reasonable steps to protect user privacy and confidentiality with both library material transactions and computer use. In setting this policy, the library tries to strike a balance between your privacy and your convenience.
Credit Card Information
When payments are made by credit card, we do not retain credit card numbers, and other transaction data is retained only for as long as necessary for proper accounting.
Patron Contact Information
No listing of library patrons, their addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses or other contact information is provided to any person or organization, except as may be required by a warrant, subpoena, law enforcement or court command, or as otherwise required by law.
Circulation and Other Records
Pursuant to Idaho Code Section §74-108(3), circulation and other records connecting the names of library users with specific materials are confidential and exempt from disclosure under the Idaho Public Records Act. Library employees are trained that library records are not to be made available to any agency of state, federal, or local government. When the library receives a warrant, subpoena, or law enforcement or court command for confidential information, we obtain our attorney’s advice about whether we must disclose the information sought. In those cases where the demand does not appear to be supported by law, we may utilize appropriate legal procedures to oppose it.
Patron Privacy and Internet Use
Through the use of software, when computer users properly end their session, all work done on the public computer during the session is erased and the computer is reset to its state prior to the guest’s use. Computer users are reminded that the public computers are in a space open to the public and should be aware that information may be visible to guests nearby.
Amendment of Rules
The Eagle Public Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to review and amend this policy at any time.