The Forbes Library strives to protect the privacy of library patrons to the fullest extent of the law. In accordance with the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics: “We protect each library user’s rights to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.”
The Forbes Library will only retain as much information as required to provide services whether these are provided in person, over the phone or electronically. Personal information on patrons will be discarded as soon as it is no longer needed. The library keeps no permanent record of internet sites visited, electronic databases used, or searches performed by patrons.
No confidential information on library patrons will be revealed to the authorities without presentation of a subpoena or search warrant. Some search warrants or subpoenas issued under the USA Patriot Act come with a “gag order” automatically attached, preventing staff from telling the patron or the public that information has been provided to the FBI.
*Patrons in sixth grade or below are not issued physical cards. Starting in seventh grade the library issues Young Adult cards.
Approved by Board of Trustees 06/23/2011. Updated 04/23/2014.