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  • Wed January 21 - Library Board Meeting; 5:45 PM at the Library

Mission Statement

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Mission Statement of the Garfield County Free Library

Mission Statement


The mission of the Garfield County FreeLibrary is to collect, preserve, and make available library materials in printand in electronic formats, for the best service within the constraints of thebudget and facilities, to serve the recreational, informational, educational,and leisure needs of the charted community.

The Garfield County Free Library iscommitted to supporting a lifelong enjoyment of reading and learning.

Mission Statement adopted by the Board ofTrustees

of the

Garfield County Free Library

July 21, 2009

Library Policies

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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy of the Garfield County Free Library

I. Introduction

Privacy is essential to the exercise of freespeech, free thought, and free association. In this library the right toprivacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one'sinterest examined or scrutinized by others. Confidentiality exists when alibrary is in possession of personally identifiable information about users andkeeps that information private on their behalf.

The courts have upheld the right to privacybased on the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. Many states provideguarantees of privacy in their constitutions and Montana Library RecordsConfidentiality Act.

22-1-1101. Short title. This part may becited as the M\”Montana Library Records Confidentiality Act”.

History: EN. Sec1, Ch476, L. 1985

22-1-1102. Definitions. As used in 22-1-1103,the following definitions apply:

(1)    “Library: means alibrary that is established by the state, a county, city, town, schooldistrict, or a combination of those units of government, a college oruniversity, or any private library open to the public.

(2)    “Library records”means any document, record, or any other method of storing informationretained, received, or generated by a library that identifies a person ashaving requested, used, or borrowed library material or other recordsidentifying the names or other personal identifiers of library users. Libraryrecords does not include nonidentifying material that may be retained for thepurpose of studying or evaluating the circulation of library materials ingeneral or records that are not retained or retrieved by personal identifier.

History: En. Sec 2,Ch. 476, L.1985

22-1-1103. Nondisclosure of library records.(1) No person may release or disclose a library record or portion of a libraryrecord to any person except in response to:

(a)    a written requestof the person identified in that record, according to procedures and formsgiving written consent as determined by the library; or

(b)    an order issuedby a court of competent jurisdiction, upon a finding that the disclosure ofsuch record is necessary because the merits of public disclosure clearly exceedthe demand for individual privacy

(2) A library isnot prevented from publishing or making available to the public reasonablestatistical reports regarding library registration and book circulation ifthose reports are presented so that no individual is identified therein.

(3)    Library recordsmay be disclosed to the extent necessary to return overdue or stolen materialsor collect fines.


History: En. Sec.3, Ch.476, L. 1985

22-1-1111.Penalty. Any person who violates 22-1-1103 is guilty of a misdemeanor and isliable to the person identified in a record that is improperly released ordisclosed. The person identified may bring a civil action for actual damages or$100, whichever is greater. Reasonable attorney fees and the costs of bringingthe action may be awarded to the prevailing party.

                                History: En.Sec. 6, Ch. 476, L. 1985

 Numerous decisions in case law have definedand extended rights to privacy. This library's privacy and confidentialitypolicies are in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

User rights—as well as our institution'sresponsibilities—outlined here are based in part on what are known in theUnited States as the five "Fair Information Practice Principles."These five principles outline the rights of Notice, Choice, Access, Security,and Enforcement.

Our commitment to patron privacy andconfidentiality has deep roots not only in law but also in the ethics andpractices of librarianship. In accordance with the American LibraryAssociation's Code of Ethics:

"We protect each library user's right toprivacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received andresources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted."

II. Garfield County Free Library Commitment to Our Users Rights of Privacyand Confidentiality

This privacy policy explains your privacy andconfidentiality rights, the steps this library takes to respect and protect yourprivacy when you use library resources, and how we deal with personallyidentifiable information that we may collect from our users.

1. Notice & Openness

We affirm that our library users have theright of "notice"—to be informed about the policies governing theamount and retention of personally identifiable information, and about why thatinformation is necessary for the provision of library services.

We post publicly and acknowledge openly theprivacy and information-gathering policies of this library. Whenever policieschange, notice of those changes is disseminated widely to our users.

In all cases we avoid creating unnecessaryrecords, we avoid retaining records not needed for the fulfillment of themission of the library, and we do not engage in practices that might placeinformation on public view.

Information we may gather and retain aboutcurrent and valid library users include the following

·        User Registration Information: Name, mailingaddress, phone number; and in the case of minors, the name of parent or legalguardian; or in the case of country school students, the school of attendanceand name of certified teachers and/or classroom aides

  • Circulation Information: Materials currently checked out by patron, materials requested by patron and held on reserve for patron.


  • Electronic Access Information: Email address if patron wishes such contact method utilized for transaction of requested library services
  • Information Required to Provide Library Services: such as requests for Inter Library Loan materials, information patron may offer for help in special research projects such as genealogy or local published newspaper searches on births, marriages, deaths


2. Choice & Consent

This policy explains our informationpractices and the choices you can make about the way the library collects anduses your information. We will not collect or retain your private andpersonally identifiable information without your consent. Further, if youconsent to give us your personally identifiable information, we will keep itconfidential and will not sell, license or disclose personal information to anythird party without your consent, unless we are compelled to do so under thelaw or to comply with a court order.

If you wish to receive borrowing privileges,we must obtain certain information about you in order to provide you with alibrary account. When visiting our library's Web site and using our electronicservices, you may choose to provide your name, e-mail address, library patronnumber, phone number or home address. We do not require any identification foruse of the Public Access Computers. We do not keep a log of which patrons haveused the Public Access Computers.

You have the option of providing us with youre-mail address for the purpose of notifying you about your library account. Youmay request that we remove your e-mail address from your record at any time.

We never use or share the personallyidentifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the onesdescribed above without also providing you an opportunity to prohibit suchunrelated uses, unless we are compelled to do so under the law or to complywith a court order.

3. Access by Users

Individuals who use library services thatrequire the function and process of personally identifiable information areentitled to view and/or update their information. You may either view or updateyour personal information in person. In such instances, you may be asked toprovide some sort of verification such as a widely used identification card(drivers license, student ID, mail addressed and delivered to you by the USPS,local utility bills or other official government issued documents) to ensureverification of identity.

The purpose of accessing and updating yourpersonally identifiable information is to ensure that library operations canfunction properly. Such functions may include notification of availability ofrequested materials, overdue items, recalls, reminders, etc. The library willexplain the process of accessing or updating your information so that allpersonally identifiable information is accurate and up to date.

4. Data Integrity & Security

Data Integrity: The data we collect and maintain at the library mustbe accurate and secure. We take reasonable steps to assure data integrity,including: using only reputable sources of data; providing our users access toyour own personally identifiable data; updating data whenever possible;utilizing middleware authentication systems that authorize use withoutrequiring personally identifiable information; destroying untimely data orconverting it to anonymous form.

Data Retention: We protect personally identifiable information fromunauthorized disclosure once it is no longer needed to manage library services.Information that should be regularly purged or shredded includes personallyidentifiable information on library resource use, material circulation history,and logs. Our automated circulation system holds only items patrons currentlyhave checked out, the only exception being the ‘last user’ records kept onspecific materials, or any materials on request from Inter Library Loans ormaterial reserves.

Tracking Users: Our automated circulation system holds only itemspatrons currently have checked out. When material is returned to the library,the automated system purges the material data from data held on the patron.

Our automated circulation system alsoholds  ‘last user’ records kept onindividual materials to enable the library to ascertain the last borrower inthe event material damage is discovered by library staff or the next patron tocheck out the material.

Our automated circulation system maintainspatron information for materials requested by patron but currently unavailabledue to being checked out by another patron. Such ‘reserves’ are purged when thepatron making the reserve request actually checks out the requested materialsor requests the ‘reserve’ be cancelled.

In event of electrical power failure ortemporary failure of our automated system, we do record material transactionson paper until such time as the regular systems are functioning and the datacan be entered into the automated system. Paper documentation of materialtransactions during such circumstances will be shredded at the end of thebusiness day in which the event occurred.

We do maintain printed copy of the currentOverdue Report for the purpose of tracking materials and determining whichpatrons may need to be contacted regarding long overdue materials. Thesedocuments are shredded as new reports are required and updated, generally on aweekly basis.

We permit in-house access to information inall formats without creating a data trail. Our library has invested inappropriate technology to protect the security of any personally identifiableinformation while it is in the library's custody, and we ensure that aggregate,summary data is stripped of personally identifiable information. We do not asklibrary visitors or Web site users to identify themselves or reveal anypersonal information unless they are borrowing materials, requesting specialservices, registering for programs or classes, or making remote use fromoutside the library of those portions of the Library's Web site restricted toregistered borrowers under license agreements or other special arrangements. Wediscourage users from choosing passwords or PINs that could reveal theiridentity, including social security numbers. We regularly remove cookies, Webhistory, cached files, or other computer and Internet use records and othersoftware code that is placed on our computers or networks.

When connecting to licensed databases outsidethe library, we release only information that authenticates users as"members of our community." Nevertheless, we advise users of thelimits to library privacy protection when accessing remote sites

Cookies: Users of networked computers will need to enablecookies in order to access a number of resources available through the library.A cookie is a small file sent to the browser by a Web site each time that siteis visited. Cookies are stored on the user's computer and can potentiallytransmit personal information. Cookies are often used to remember informationabout preferences and pages visited. You can refuse to accept cookies, candisable cookies, and remove cookies from your hard drive. Our Library serversuse cookies solely to verify that a person is an authorized user in order toallow access to licensed library resources and to customize Web pages to thatuser's specification. Cookies sent by our Library servers will disappear whenthe user's computer browser is closed. We will not share cookies informationwith external third parties.

Security Measures: Our security measures involve both managerial andtechnical policies and procedures to protect against loss and the unauthorizedaccess, destruction, use, or disclosure of the data. Our managerial measuresinclude internal organizational procedures that limit access to data and ensurethat those individuals with access do not utilize the data for unauthorizedpurposes. Our technical security measures to prevent unauthorized accessinclude encryption in the transmission and storage of data; limits on accessthrough use of passwords; and storage of data on secure servers or computersthat are inaccessible from a modem or network connection.

Staff access to personal data: We permit only authorized Library staff withassigned confidential passwords to access personal data stored in the Library'scomputer system for the purpose of performing library work. We will notdisclose any personal data we collect from you to any other party except whererequired by law or to fulfill an individual user's service request. The Librarydoes not sell or lease users' personal information to companies, universities,or individuals.

5. Enforcement & Redress

Our library will not share data onindividuals with third parties unless required by law. We conduct regularprivacy audits in order to ensure that all library programs and services areenforcing our privacy policy. Library users who have questions, concerns, orcomplains about the library's handing of their privacy and confidentialityrights should file written comments with the Director of the Library. We willrespond in a timely manner and may conduct a privacy investigation or review ofpolicy and procedures.

We authorize only the Library Director andour Library Privacy Officer to receive or comply with requests from lawenforcement officers; we confer with our legal counsel before determining theproper response. We will not make library records available to any agency ofstate, federal, or local government unless a subpoena, warrant, court order orother investigatory document is issued by a court of competent jurisdictionthat shows good cause and is in proper form. We have trained all library staffand volunteers to refer any law enforcement inquiries to libraryadministrators.



Policy ratified by the Board of Trustees

Garfield County Free Library

On May 13, 2008




of the Garfield County Free Library

 While the library encourages visits bychildren and all community members, the library staff cannot watch, keep trackof or otherwise be responsible for minor children or vulnerable adults. This remains the responsibility of the parents, guardians or caregivers. The library and library staff do not serve under any circumstances in locoparentis

Very youngchildren are not safe when left unattended in the library. Staff cannot know ifchildren are leaving with a parent, a friend, or a stranger.  Children under the age of 5 should never be left unsupervised in any areaof the library.

 Simply put, library staff does not and cannotlegally assume authority in place of a parent, guardian orcaregiver.  

Children andyoung people are expected to adhere to the same standards of patron conductexpected of adults. Parents, guardians, or assigned chaperones are responsiblefor the behavior of children in their care while in the library

Parents areresponsible for ensuring the appropriate behavior of their minor children whilein the library. If a parent or other responsible adult cannot be located,unattended minors who are disruptive will be placed in the care of the GarfieldCounty Sheriff Department. Under no circumstances will library staff take achild out of the building or transport minor children or vulnerable adults toanother location.

 If asituation arises with an unattended minor or vulnerable adult, it will beevaluated.  The staff will attempt to contact the parent, guardian orcaregiver.  Situations may include illness, anxiety, misbehavior, andremaining at closing time.  If the responsible party cannot be contacted,the matter will be immediately referred to the police or sheriffdepartment or other legally constituted authority.  Under no circumstanceswill staff offer a ride or give a ride to any patron of any age. 

Minors orvulnerable adults who have not been picked up at closing time will be given theopportunity to call a parent. Children who have not been picked up withinfifteen minutes after closing will be left in the care of the Garfield CountySheriff Department. Under no circumstances will staff transport children in avehicle or accompany them home.

Approved bythe Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Disruptive Behavior Policy

Disruptive Behavior

Policy of the Garfield County Free Library

The Garfield County Free Library encourages people of all ages to visit the library. Those using the library and its resources have the right to expect a safe, comfortable environment that supports appropriate library services.

People demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library if the behavior continues after one warning from library staff. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, noisy, boisterous actions; smoking, running, loud talking, misuse of library/public property; uncooperative attitude; or actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent the legitimate use of the library and its resources. Abusive language and behavior towards library patrons and/or staff will not be tolerated.

Children and young people are expected to adhere to the same standards of patron conduct expected of adults. Parents, guardians, or assigned chaperones are responsible for the behavior of children in their care while in the library.

Staff, at their discretion, can call law enforcement to intervene for disruptive behavior that continues to be a problem, escalates, or could endanger patrons or staff.


Approved by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 19, 2008



Policy of the Garfield County Free Library

 The Garfield County Free Library provides computer printers and photocopiers for public use, primarily to facilitate printing items from the Internet such as forms, instructions, receipts for online purchases, reference materials, using non-circulating materials such as reference books, magazines, newspapers, and local history materials.

As a deterrent against mutilation and theft of library materials, a patron may make up to five free copies per day from non-circulating print materials from the Library Collection.  A fee of 25 cents per copy will be assessed for copies beyond the gratis limit.

 Materials printed from the Internet or computer programs, as well as materials brought in by patrons will be charged, from the first copy, at the rate of 25 cents per page.

Printers and copiers are self-service. Staff will aid those who need help whenever possible, but staff is not available to make copies. Staff will not knowingly violate copyright law when assisting with the copiers and printers. Patrons using the copiers or printers must adhere to U.S. Copyright Law when copying materials subject to copyright.

The library attempts to maintain its equipment in good working order, however the library is not a print or copy shop. Copies are for convenience only and those seeking print quality copies (such as for resumes, business correspondence, etc.) will be directed to local printing businesses. The library will reimburse only for the first copier malfunction, poor quality, or printing error.  At the discretion of the staff, materials may be taken elsewhere for copying in the event of an equipment failure at the library. Decisions will be made based on the immediacy of need, the type of material, and anticipated length of time the copier/printer will be out of service.


Approved by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Cell Phone Use in Library Policy

Cell Phone Use in the Library Policy of the Garfield County Free Library

Phone Courtesy

·         Polite phone use permitted

·         Silent ringers

·         Soft voices

·         Short conversations


Those engaging in loud conversation or those with loud ringers, who continue to be disruptive or inconsiderate to others, will be asked to take their calls outside the library.



Approved by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 19, 2008