Statement of Confidentiality

Pursuant to RI General Laws § 11-18-32, § 11-49.3, and § 38-2-2 sub-§ 4(U), and as part of our commitment to intellectual freedom, it is the policy of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park to protect the confidentially of patron records and the privacy of patron interest and inquiry. Privacy is essential to free speech, free thought, and free association. Confidentiality extends to all records with identifying information about patrons, including their borrowing records, requests for information, materials, and their loan transactions. It also includes their use of library computers, all electronic and print resources they access, all items printed on 3D printers, and items related to library programs and services. The library will keep patron records confidential and will not disclose this information except as necessary to library staff and vendors for the proper operation of the library, upon consent of the user, pursuant to a subpoena or court order, or as otherwise required by law.

The only exception to this policy is for borrowers under the age of 13. Parents or legal guardians of children under age 13 may have access to information on their child's library card. Parents or legal guardians of 13-17 year olds may have access to their child’s library record to settle their child’s financial obligations.

Use of Cookies

We use “cookies” to recognize your repeat visits and preferences as well as to measure the effectiveness of campaigns and analyze traffic across our website.  A cookie is a small piece of data that our website stores on your computer, and accesses each time you visit, so we can understand how you use our site. This helps us serve you content based on preferences you have specified.

Limits of Our Policy

Our website links to external sites that are not operated by us. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and policies of those sites, and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy practices.

Changes to This Policy

At our discretion, we may change our privacy policy to reflect updates to our processes, current acceptable practices, or legislative or regulatory changes. If we amended this privacy policy, we will post the changes here at the same link by which you are accessing this privacy policy.

If required by law, we will get your permission or give you the opportunity to opt in to or opt out of, as applicable, any new uses of your personal information.

Approved by Westerly Library and Wilcox Park Board of Trustees April 14, 2016

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