Privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others. A confidential relationship exists when a library is in possession of personally identifiable information about users and keeps that information private on their behalf.
The University of Georgia School of Law Library respects a library user's right to privacy and confidentiality regarding information sought or received and materials consulted or borrowed or services provided. The library complies with the Official Code of Georgia regarding confidentiality of library user records. The relevant statute states:
OCGA § 24-9-46 Confidential nature of certain library records
(a) Circulation and similar records of a library which identify the user of library materials shall not be public records but shall be confidential and may not be disclosed except:
(1) To members of the library staff in the ordinary course of business;
(2) Upon written consent of the user of the library materials or the user's parents or guardian if the user is a minor or ward; or
(3) Upon appropriate court order or subpoena.
(b) Any disclosure authorized by subsection (a) of this Code section or any unauthorized disclosure of materials made confidential by that subsection (a) shall not in any way destroy the confidential nature of that material, except for the purpose for which an authorized disclosure is made. A person disclosing material as authorized by subsection (a) of this Code section shall not be liable therefor.
Additionally, the Law Library complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - UGA FERPA Policy Statement
Our commitment to your privacy and confidentiality has deep roots not only in law but also in the ethics and practices of librarianship. In accordance with the American Association of Law Libraries' Ethical Principles:
"We uphold a duty to our clientele to develop service policies that respect confidentiality and privacy. "
The Law Library:
The Law Library:
If directed by appropriate court order or subpoena, the Library must release personally identifiable information. Only the Library director is authorized to release information in compliance with a legal request.
Finally, all visitors to the library should be aware that video cameras monitor the front entrance to the library.
Last reviewed: November 2011