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Meridian Library District – Privacy & Confidentiality Policy


Our Commitment to Privacy and Confidentiality. The Meridian Library is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of our patrons’ personal information. The Meridian Library District follows 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.”

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. We do not provide this information to any person or organization, except as required by a warrant, subpoena, law enforcement or court command, or as otherwise required by law.

Requests for a Patron’s Own Information. Pursuant to Idaho Code Section  §74-113, a person may, with certain exceptions, inspect and copy Meridian Library District confidential records pertaining to that person, and request a correction of information which is not accurate, relevant or complete. Pursuant to Idaho Code Section §74-102(10), the Meridian Library District is authorized to charge fees for actual labor and copying costs if (1) the request is for more than 100 pages of paper records, (2) includes records from which confidential information must be deleted, or (3) the actual labor to respond to the request exceeds two (2) person hours.

How We Respond to Subpoenas and other Demands for Information. When we receive 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.

Revised by the Meridian Library District Board of Trustees July 15, 2015