Adopted 7/23/13; reaffirmed 5/27/14

The Royal Oak Public Library (the “Library”) strives to take reasonable precautions to assure a safe and secure environment for its patrons and staff. Because library staff is unable to provide direct supervision over all areas within the Library, digital video security cameras have been placed at selected locations in order to observe and record visible activities of persons within the Library.

These digital video security cameras will be used where needed to discourage violations of the Library’s code of conduct, to assist Library staff in preventing the recurrence of any violations and, when necessary, to provide law enforcement assistance in prosecuting criminal activity. The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the placement and use of digital video cameras, as well as the access and retrieval of recorded digital video images at the Library.

Cameras may be installed in locations where staff and patrons would not have an expectation of privacy. Examples include common areas of the Library such as entrances, near book and media collections, public seating, public and staff computers, stairwells, delivery areas, and hallways.

Cameras will not be installed in areas where staff and the public have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms.

The following procedures and guidelines shall govern the use of the digital video security cameras: