Wisconsin Statute 43

By , March 11, 2010

Wisconsin State Statute 43.30 and the Alma Public Library protect the privacy of library users.  Confidentiality extends to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed or acquired, and includes d
atabase search records, reference interviews, interlibrary loan records, and all other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, or services.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and of the press.  This requires the corresponding right to hear what is spoken and read what is written, free from fear of intrusion, intimidation or reprisal.  Confidentiality is essential to protect the exercise of these rights from invasions of privacy.

Alma Public Library is an impartial resource providing information on all points of view, available to all persons regardless of age, race, religion, national origin, social or political views, economic status, or any other characteristic.  This role must not be compromised by an erosion of the privacy rights of our library users.

The Alma Public Library recognizes that law enforcement agencies and officers may occasionally believe that library records contain information which would be helpful to the investigation of criminal activity.  If there is a reasonable basis to believe such records are necessary to the progress of an investigation or prosecution, our judicial system provides the mechanism for seeking release of such confidential records.  The issuance of a court order, following a showing of good cause based on specific facts by a court of competent jurisdiction, is required for release of such information.

In accordance with Wisconsin law, custodial parents or guardians of children under age 16 may, upon request, review library records pertaining to their children’s use of the library’s documents or other materials, resources, or services.  Custodial parents and guardians must sign the Alma Public Library form certifying that the requester is the custodial parent or guardian of the child whose records have been requested before the Library will provide those records to the parent or guardian.

© 2010 Marie Marquardt, Alma Public Library

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