Confidentiality of Library Records
Service Policy: Confidentiality of Library Records
All records, formal and informal, in the Fargo Public Library that relate to borrowers registrations, materials they check out or consult, or questions users ask are considered confidential.
Such records will not be released to individuals, the public, the media, or any government agency except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoenas as may be authorized under the authority of and pursuant to federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigative power. Requests for patron records will be handled in accordance with the librarys procedure for dealing with law enforcement inquiries.
The exception is parents or legal guardians whose children have overdue materials. Upon the request of the parent or legal guardian, the titles and due dates of overdue materials only will be provided in order that the materials will be returned and fines paid. Identification will be requested from the parent or guardian.
Approved 12-16-1997; revised 2-22-2005