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Guidelines Governing the Use of the Library

Persons who fail to observe these guidelines may be asked to leave the building or be subject to arrest.

Privacy Statement

In accordance with the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics and North Carolina General Statute Section 125-19, the Greensboro Public Library works to protect each library user’s right to privacy regarding the acquisition of library materials, information, and services. All library transactions involving the exchange of personal information, the borrowing of materials, and the acquisition or transmittal of electronic information will be deemed confidential and shall be so treated.

Library records will be disclosed only in the following instances:

  • When necessary for the reasonable operation of the library
  • Upon written consent of the user
  • Pursuant to a court order, subpoena, or other appropriate court order after the City’s legal department has authorized the library director to release the records.

Requiring that patrons present their library cards when borrowing materials or inquiring about their record is the most effective method we have of protecting patron privacy, preventing identity theft, and ensuring that personal records are not disclosed.