Privacy and Confidentiality
In accordance with the Wisconsin Statutes (2001–02) 43:30 (1) and the ALA Code of Ethics (2), the Cardinal Meyer Library maintains the privacy and confidentiality of all library borrowers’ records. Library staff will release information relating to an individual’s library transactions only to that individual or persons acting in the scope of their duties in the administration of the library.
The library considers individual control of a borrower’s card to be the most effective protection of privacy for the individual. How each individual chooses to use and share his or her card will determine the degree of privacy that the library can provide.
To support this choice the library will provide access to information associated with a valid library card under one of the following circumstances:
- Presentation of a library card.
- Provision of the barcode number over the phone or via email.
- Presentation of the barcode number on an official library notice.
- In the case of a lost card, presentation of a photo ID will permit access to the record of the person named on the ID.
(1) Wisconsin Statutes (2001-02) 43:40 states: “Records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public funds, including the records of a public library system, indicating the identity of any individual who borrows or uses the library’s documents or other materials, resources, or services may not be disclosed except by court order or to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system …”
(2) The ALA Code of Ethics 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.”