Warren-Newport Public Library District
Lake County, Illinois
Board of Trustees
Adopted: December 8, 1981
September 8, 1992; December 13, 1994; February 9, 1999; October 21, 2008;
April 16, 2013; September 17, 2013; January 19, 2016; February 20, 2018;
July 21, 2020
ARTICLE 1. FOUNDATION
The Board of Trustees of the Warren-Newport Public Library District (WNPLD) has adopted the
Illinois Library Records Confidentiality Act (75 ILCS 70) and included it in this policy to serve as
the foundation for local principles and procedures.
ARTICLE 2. ILLINOIS LIBRARY RECORDS CONFIDENTIALITY ACT (75 ILCS 70/1)
Section 70/1. Registration and circulation records; statistical reports
§ 1. (a) The registration and circulation records of a library are confidential
information. No person shall publish or make any information contained in such records
available to the public unless:
required to do so under a court order; or
the information is requested by a sworn law enforcement officer who represents
that it is impractical to secure a court order as a result of an emergency where
the law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that there is an
imminent danger of physical harm. The information requested must be limited to
identifying a suspect, witness, or victim of a crime. The information requested
without a court order may not include the disclosure of registration or circulation
records that would indicate materials borrowed, resources reviewed, or services
used at the library. If requested to do so by the library, the requesting law
enforcement officer must sign a form acknowledging the receipt of the
information. A library providing the information may seek subsequent judicial
review to assess compliance with this Section.
This subsection shall not alter any right to challenge the use or dissemination of
patron information that is otherwise permitted by law.
This Section does not prevent a library from publishing or making available to the
public reasonable statistical reports regarding library registration and book
circulation where those reports are presented so that no individual is identified
Nothing in this Section shall be construed as a privacy violation or a breach of
confidentiality if a library provides information to a law enforcement officer under
item (2) of subsection (a).
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For the purpose of this Section, (i) “library” means any public library or library of
an educational, historical or eleemosynary institution, organization or society; (ii)
“registration records” includes any information a library requires a person to
provide in order for that person to become eligible to borrow books and other
material and (iii) “circulation records” includes all information identifying the
individual borrowing particular books or materials.
(Source: P.A. 95-40, § 5, eff. 01/01/2008.)
This Act may be cited as the Library Records Confidentiality Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475, Art. 4, § 4-43, eff. 01/10/1991.)
PRINCIPLES OF CONFIDENTIALITY
WNPLD shall provide the fullest possible public access to records that are defined by statute as
public records. However, a citizen's right to privacy in using all library materials without regard to
the inquiry of others is of utmost importance. Therefore, library records should not be used
directly or indirectly to identify library patrons, nor should they be used to identify the types of
materials used or the kind of information asked for by individual library patrons.
Any information regarding a borrower's circulation record shall be considered privileged
information and shall be available only to the borrower and not to any other individual or group.
Requests for information by someone other than the borrower, including such requests made by
law enforcement personnel, will be granted only pursuant to a court order, subpoena, or any
other requirement as outlined in the current Library Records Confidentiality Act or in any future
revisions of the act.
Parents or legal guardians may obtain full access (items and titles) to their minor (under age 18)
child's circulation record. Individuals must establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that they are
the parent or legal guardian of the said minor before such information will be released. If
reasonable doubt of the relationship exists, the library staff will err on the side of withholding
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