Privacy Tool Kit

Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. Lack of privacy and confidentiality chills users' choices, thereby suppressing access to ideas. The possibility of surveillance, whether direct or through access to records of speech, research and exploration, undermines a democratic society.

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Privacy Policy

Guidelines for Developing a Library Privacy Policy

Privacy Procedures

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Permission is granted to libraries to reproduce the Privacy Tool Kit. Last revised May 2, 2005.

If you have questions about library privacy policies or the Privacy Toolkit, please write the Office for Intellectual Freedom at or call 800-545-2433 ext. 4220.