Patron Privacy

Privacy: an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

This document explains the value of protecting the confidentiality of patron records.

K.S.A. 45-221 (23)
Library records not required to be open to the public. K.S.A. 45-221 (23) says the Kansas Open Records Act does not apply to patron and circulation records which identify individuals.

Guidelines for Developing a Library Privacy Policy

This document:
  • Defines Personally Indentifiable Information

  • How to draft a library privacy policy

  • Special conditions such as public library services to minors.

  • Checklist of basic questions to ask about collecting information, providing privacy and reviewing your policy

Examples of policies protecting patron records.

Kansas City Public Library

Topeka Shawnee County Public Library

Overbrook Public Library (Scroll down to confidentiality)

Newton Public Library (Scroll down to confidentiality)