Vogel Library / Confidentiality
The Wartburg College Vogel Library recognizes the responsibility to protect the privacy of library users, as stated in the American Library Association's Code of Ethics: "[librarians] protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received, and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted." Confidentiality is essential to protect the exercise of First Amendment rights.
This policy is meant to protect the privacy of library users while complying with the Constitution of the United States of America, federal statutes, and the Code of Iowa. In addition, Wartburg College Vogel Library also complies with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student education records.
Library records are treated specifically in Code of Iowa Title I, Chapter 22.7 “Examination of Public Records (Open Records)”, paragraphs 13, 14 and 18.
In keeping with the protections afforded by Constitution of the United States of America, federal statues, and the Code of Iowa, the Wartburg College Vogel Library shall hold confidential
- Information sought or received and materials consulted, borrowed or acquired, database search records, reference interviews, interlibrary loan records, computer use records, and all other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities or services.
- The names of registered users and their registration information and not provide access for private, public or commercial use.
For further inquires about our confidentiality policy, please contact the College Librarian at (319) 352-8500.