Brownell Library Security Camera Policy
Purpose of Security Cameras
The purpose of the security system is to provide peace of mind to library users
and staff, and enhance the safety and security of library users, staff, and
property. This policy is in force to deter public endangerment, vandalism,
and mischief in unsupervised areas and,
when necessary, to provide law enforcement assistance in prosecuting criminal
activity. Video monitoring and recording will be conducted in a manner
consistent with all existing local and applicable laws and ordinances.
The library’s security camera system will be used only for the protection and
safety of library visitors, employees, assets, and property, and to identify
persons breaking the law or violating the library’s Behavior Guidelines.
Public Notice: Signage
Signage will be posted at the library entrance at all times, informing the
public that security cameras are in use.
Security Camera Locations
Cameras may be installed in locations where individuals lack a reasonable
expectation of privacy and placed in both indoor and outdoor locations. Cameras
will not be installed in areas of the Library where individuals have a
reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms, nor are they positioned to
identify a person’s reading, viewing, or listening activities in the Library.
The Library has no obligation to monitor the cameras in real time. As the
cameras are not constantly monitored, Library staff and the public should
continue to take appropriate precautions for their safety and for the safety of
their personal property. The Library is not responsible for the loss of property
or personal injury.
Access to the archival footage in pursuit of documented incidents of injury,
criminal activity or violation of the Library’s Behavior Guidelines is
restricted to designated Library staff: Senior staff, Library Administration and
IT staff; and the Village Manager. In
situations involving banned patrons, stored still images may be shared with
Cameras are not continuously monitored. However, circumstances including reports
of policy violations, suspected criminal activity, and destruction or theft of
library resources may require such monitoring to occur. Recorded
data is confidential and secured in a controlled area. Recordings will be stored
for approximately 91 days, unless required as part of an ongoing investigation.
As new images are recorded, the oldest images will be automatically deleted.
For investigations initiated by law enforcement agencies, recorded data will be
made available to law enforcement upon presentation of a valid court order or
subpoena establishing probable cause to review the data.
However, in emergency situations that present imminent danger of physical harm,
law enforcement may gain access without a court order. In such imminent
danger emergencies where law enforcement calls for a waiver of the court order,
if officer’s request is not prompted by a library staff request for law
enforcement assistance, the requesting officer is required to provide his/her
name, agency, badge number, the nature of the emergency, and the extent of data.
Approved by the Brownell Library Board of Trustees on 10/21/14