Privacy policies tell library users the following:

  • What data is collected about them?
  • What are their data rights?
  • How is that data is used, shared, stored, and deleted?
  • Who has access to their user information, including third parties?
  • These policies also direct users to vendor privacy policies.

Well-written privacy policies give users clarity on how the library and its vendors handle their personal information. Well-written privacy policies inform them about the laws that govern its use and disclosure. All privacy policies should be vetted by a library’s governance and approved by legal council.


Use these resources to understand third-party privacy policies. Gain the skills to write your own library privacy policy.

Field Guide

  • Privacy Policies Field Guide (coming fall 2021)

Sample Privacy Policies

Additional Resources