Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, & Confidentiality in the Library


Hooray for Freedom! part 1 as presented for WebJunction in July, 2019.

2019 WebJunction 2-Part Hooray for Freedom! Course – two separate webinars & resources for each:

Hooray for Freedom! Part One: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Intellectual Freedom in the Library, click here for the free course and gain access to the recording and the resources.

Hooray for Freedom! Part Two: Developing Policies in Support of Ethical Practice, click here. It’s free, but you do need to make an account with WebJunction.

H4F NYLA 2016 presentation slides (.pdf)

Resource Packets

Challenge to Library Materials (.pdf)

Confidentiality of Patron Records (.pdf)

Internet and Wireless Access (.pdf)

Meeting Spaces rev. 2019 (.pdf)

Rights of Minors (.pdf)

Checklists / Quick Reference Sheets

Patron Behavior Policy Quick Guidance (.pdf)

Intellectual Freedom Quick Reference (.pdf)

Library Privacy Self-Evaluation (.pdf)

Training & Orientation Checklist (.pdf)

Referenced Links

ALA Bill of Rights, Interpretations, & Resolutions

Library Bill of Rights –

Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors –

Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials –

Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights –

Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program –

Minors and Internet Activity –

Questions and Answers on Privacy and Confidentiality –

Filters and Filtering –

Restricted Access to Library Materials: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights –

Resolution on the Retention of Library Usage Records –





Censorship –


Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State –

Mid-Hudson Library System Policy Tips –

Confidentiality and Coping with Law Enforcement Inquiries: Guidelines for the Library and its Staff –