Library Records Confidentiality Policy
The Decatur Public Library seeks to protect the privacy of its patrons while responding to legitimate law enforcement and national security concerns.
In compliance with federal and state law, the library will preserve the confidentiality of information sought or received, Internet usage and materials consulted, borrowed, or acquired, by library users. These materials may include database search records, circulation records, interlibrary loan records and other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, programs or services, such as reference interviews.
75 ILCS 70/) Library Records Confidentiality Act.
| (75 ILCS 70/1) (from Ch. 81, par. 1201)
Sec. 1. (a) The registration and circulation records of a library are confidential information. No person shall publish or make any information contained in such records available to the public unless:
(1) required to do so under a court order; or
(2) the information is requested by a sworn law
|This subsection shall not alter any right to challenge|
| (b) This Section does not prevent a library from publishing or making available to the public reasonable statistical reports regarding library registration and book circulation where those reports are presented so that no individual is identified therein.
(b‑5) Nothing in this Section shall be construed as a privacy violation or a breach of confidentiality if a library provides information to a law enforcement officer under item (2) of subsection (a).
(c) For the purpose of this Section, (i) “library” means any public library or library of an educational, historical or eleemosynary institution, organization or society; (ii) “registration records” includes any information a library requires a person to provide in order for that person to become eligible to borrow books and other materials and (iii) “circulation records” includes all information identifying the individual borrowing particular books or materials.
(Source: P.A. 95‑40, eff. 1‑1‑08.)
Adopted by the Board of Trustees August 21, 2014