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Library Privacy & Confidentiality: Law and Policy


"Library Privacy & Confidentiality: Law and Policy"is designed to help staff gain a better understanding of the USA Patriot Act and other laws as they apply to library user privacy and other issues.

This course is for 2 CE credits.


Librarians and library staff need to know:

  • When and if they are required to release library user information;
  • How to respond to inquiries from law enforcement agents;
  • How to respond to inquiries from the press;
  • The implications the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has on privacy;
  • How the Supreme Court has used the First Amendment to rule in privacy cases and how it ensures the library user`s privacy;
  • The effects of the recent USA PATRIOT Act on privacy rights of library users.

The course addresses these issues and more in a web-based course designed to take about 1 1/2 hours to complete. Over 1,500 library professionals and staff have already benefited from this course.


This course is self-directed and assessments are graded immediately upon completion.

course quick facts
course code DED4212
cost $59.00
estimated time to
complete course
3 Hours
course materials
90 Days