Confidentiality of Library Records

Policy No: 041
Approval Date: June 15, 2011
Historical Notes:


New Mexico State University Library limits the gathering and retention of information to protect the privacy and confidentiality of its library users. The library only retains patron information that is essential for the management of library operations.

All information contained in New Mexico State University Library user records are considered confidential and are protected in compliance with applicable New Mexico state laws and federal laws, New Mexico State University policies, and professional standards on confidentiality of library records as contained in the documents listed below:

American Library Association. Chicago, Illinois - (
Code of Ethics of the American Library Association
Confidentiality and Coping with Law Enforcement Inquiries: Guidelines for the Library and its Staff
Library Bill of Rights
Policy Concerning Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information about Library Users
Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records
Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
The USA Patriot Act in the Library

State of New Mexico
New Mexico. Library Privacy Act. Chapter 18. Libraries and Museums. Article 9. Library Privacy.
NM Statute Annotated. 18-9-1 (

New Mexico State University
New Mexico State University Policy Manual