• Take a pass

    Again this year, the library is happy to offer passes for a variety of attractions as well as the state parks. State park passes are day passes that allow entrance for up to eight people in one vehicle. Other passes we have available include Billings Farm & Museum, ECHO, Hildene, Vermont Historic Sites, Shelburne Farms, […]

  • Tax forms available …

    Most federal tax forms and booklets have arrived. The state is not sending out stacks of tax forms to libraries, town halls and post offices this year. But that doesn’t stop us from sending out stacks of information about how to get your hands on the forms. See the page at http://rutlandfree.org/tax-forms/

  • MSJ Yearbooks now online

    From our friends at Rutland Historical Society: MSJ yearbooks (1939-1993 except 1943 which was not published) is online at the Historical Society website.

  • Tech help available

    Have a particular technology question? Need help with a new device or want to learn how to access library services through your tablet or computer? Call ahead or just drop in for help, Mondays and Fridays noon to 2 PM.

  • New source for e-books

    OneClick!digital has now added a selection of classic books to its offerings. There are no checkout limits, holds or waits … perfect for class reading lists.

  • OneClick has your audiobook

    Check out an audiobook from OneClick Digital with your library card … no limits or wait times. iPhone app now available, and find a wide assortment of audio classes as well.

  • Try TumbleBooks ebooks for Kids!

    Click on the Kids Space tab to access TumbleBooks! Find animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration.)

  • Reader’s Corner

    Reader’s Corner (which you can find in the left-hand menu, and the top menu) features all the resources you need about books in our library. There are links to InterLibrary Loan and a request form for new books and dvds. Check it out today!

Confidentiality Policy and Procedures

Policy

It is the policy of the library to protect the confidentiality of library users to the extent permitted under Vermont and federal laws. The library will comply with all lawfully issued court orders and subpoenas properly served upon it and furnish the documents and materials specifically listed in the court order or subpoena.

1. It is further understood that compliance with validly issued court orders does not eliminate the right of the library to challenge their issuance in proper legal manner.
2. The library will seek the advice from an attorney retained for such purpose or from legal counsel supplied by the Freedom to Read Foundation, on the scope and content of the applicable laws pertaining to that particular search, and on compliance with the search of library and patron records.
3. Library records which may be the focus of law enforcement requests include electronic, print, and other forms of patron information. Archives of information that reveal identities of individuals are kept only when clearly necessary. The library needs to retain specific information for the regular operation of library business.
4. Notwithstanding the above, a parent or guardian of a child under age 13 who has a library card may request and receive circulation records pertaining to the child. A parent or guardian of a child age 13 or over who has a library card may request and receive the following information regarding that child’s circulation records:

  • The number and titles of overdue books on the card, if any
  • The amount of any fines and/or fees associated with the record.

5. All staff are responsible for adherence to these policies and procedures. All library personnel, including pages and volunteers, are to be fully informed on this policy and procedure and on their own role if such situations arise.

Procedures

  1. The library director or the director’s designee will be the person responsible for handling law enforcement requests.
  2. The library director will use legal counsel on all law enforcement requests. The counsel will review all warrants for sufficiency and correctness and take necessary legal action in the case of improprieties in the issuance of the warrant or in the search.
  3. If the agent or officer does not have a court order compelling the production of records, the director or designee will explain the Library’s confidentiality policy as well as state law and inform them that the records are not available until a court order or subpoena in proper form is issued and presented to the library.
  4. A valid court order must be issued before a law enforcement agent or officer places software or hardware on library servers or other information technology.
  5. A library employee or volunteer may disclose the contents of an electronic communication and/or information about a library user to law enforcement officials if s/he reasonably believes that an emergency involving immediate danger of death or serious physical injury requires disclosure without delay.
  6. All library staff and volunteers will understand that they have no authority to answer questions of agents or officers nor to order compliance with any court order or subpoena. They will also understand that it is lawful to refer the agent or officer to the director or designee and that they do not have to respond immediately to any request.
    • If approached by agents or officers, staff will immediately refer them to the director or designee.
  7. After the visit, the director and library staff and volunteers will adhere to any restrictions in the warrant about sharing the information with others. FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court-issued warrants specifically charge that any person or institution served with a warrant will not disclose that a warrant was served or that documents were produced pursuant to the warrant.
  8. Only the library director or assistant director will be prepared to discuss the matter with the media.
  9. The director or designee will retain a confidential log of all requests for records.
  10. All staff, paid and volunteer, will be advised of these policies and procedures.

Adopted
1/12/2005
Board of Trustees