Recognizing literacy as the keystone to education, Fletcher Memorial Library is committed to providing our community with the opportunity to learn, grow and acquire knowledge independently via a diverse, relevant and current collection of materials and on-line resources. With Public Internet Access available 24/7, the library serves as the community’s link to the information superhighway
Confidentiality of Library Patron Records ~ VT State Statute
ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
NO. 129. AN ACT RELATING TO THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF LIBRARY PATRON RECORDS.
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 22 V.S.A. chapter 4 is added to read:
Chapter 4. LIBRARY PATRON RECORDS
§ 171. DEFINITIONS
As used in this chapter:
(1) “Library” means a public library as defined in subdivision 101(2) of this title, any college university or school library, or any other library or archive that is open on a regular basis and makes available on site, or circulates, materials to the public without a fee.
(2) “Patron registration records” means library records that contain information a library patron must provide in order to be eligible for borrowing privileges at a library.
(3) “Patron transaction records” means library records that contain names or other personal identifying information that discloses an individual’s activities within a library, including the materials that have been viewed in print or electronic form, research questions posed, materials in any format that the patron has requested through interlibrary loan or has borrowed, or any other library service or consultation that the patron has requested.
§ 172. LIBRARY RECORD CONFIDENTIALITY; EXEMPTIONS
(a) A library’s patron registration records and patron transaction records shall remain confidential.
(b) Unless authorized by other provisions of law, the library’s officers, employees, and volunteers shall not disclose the records except:
(1) with the written permission of the library patron to whom the records pertain;
(2) to officers, employees, volunteers, and agents of the library to the extent necessary for library administration purposes;
(3) in response to an authorized judicial order or warrant directing disclosure;
(4) to custodial parents or guardians of patrons under age 16;
(5) to the custodial parents or guardians of a student, in accordance with the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, by the library at the school the student attends.
(c) Statistical records pertaining to the patronage, circulation activities, and use of any service or consultation the library provides, provided that they do not contain the names of patrons or any other personally identifying information, shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
§ 173. RIGHT OF PATRON ACTION
Any person whose confidential patron registration records or patron transaction records have been disclosed, except as provided in this chapter, is authorized to bring a civil action against the library that disclosed the records.
Sec. 2. 1 V.S.A. § 317(c)(19) is amended to read:
(19) records relating to the identity of library patrons or the identity of library patrons in regard to the circulation of library materials patron registration records and patron transaction records in accordance with chapter 4 of Title 22;
Approved: September 2017
Community Space Usage & Forms
Based on availability, these facilities may be reserved while the library is open provided the meeting does not interfere with daily library operation, other patrons, or adversely affect the library atmosphere. Our space is available for use after regular library hours as well. Arrangements for reserving this space are to be made with library staff and approved by the library director. Our policy is to be read and signed in agreement by the organization wishing to use Fletcher Memorial Library’s community meeting space. Thank you for your cooperation. FML does not offer our space to special interest political or religious organizations.
FML is a 501 (c) 3 PF with complete governance by our Board of Trustees.
We are not a Municipal Department.
Our Space is to be left as you found it, if you notice damage please report it immediately to library staff.
General Use Info:
- For your use, folding tables are available in the room or in the hallway beyond our kitchen.
- The rear entrance is the only entrance available for your use.
- Room is to be left arranged as found – please watch our walls.
- Chairs are not to be stacked more than 4 high.
- As you leave, be sure all lights are turned off behind you.
- Children are to remain with their parents/guardians unless otherwise arranged.
- Children are not to be unattended.
- Keys are to be left in the basket to the right of the back door as you leave
General PATRON Info:
- Patrons and visitors are asked to observe the following:
- No Cell Phone Use INSIDE the Library (exceptions made with staff permission
- Quiet voices so that others are not disturbed
- Appropriate dress, shoes and shirts required
- Appropriate, non-boisterous and non-harassing behavior
- Appropriate supervision of children
- No use of abusive language or behavior towards staff members or other Library patrons
- No soliciting or selling
- No smoking, loitering, or alcoholic beverages on library property
An EMERGENCY phone is located in our Kitchen
Following these simple guidelines will ensure the continued availability of our Community Space. Thank You!